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Clashes in Colombia as farmers' strike flares up

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Colombia's nationwide agrarian protest erupted in clashes again on Tuesday as police and army troops tried to clear demonstrators blocking part of a road running through the southern Caqueta province. Demonstrators threw petrol bombs at the authorities, as police and troops tried to disperse the crowd using tear gas. The clashes lasted several hours with local media reporting that at least 11 people had been arrested. Tuesday's violence was the latest in a string of confrontations that have marked a nationwide protest by Colombia's farmers, which began in mid-August. The demonstrations are aimed at President Juan Manuel Santos' agriculture and economic policies, which farmers say leave them unable to make any profit. A curfew was imposed in Florencia overnight to control outbreaks of violence and looting.

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