About 30,000 people marched in the Colombian capital of Bogota Thursday to support a strike by small farmers who are protesting the government’s agricultural policies, which they say are driving them into bankruptcy.
The largely peaceful protests have involved teachers, students and health workers.
Demonstrators chanted “Long live the farmers’ strike.” Some clashed with riot police, who responded with tear gas to disperse them.
President Juan Manuel Santos said the estimated 45,000 farmers, coffee growers and truck drivers who have blocked highways and battled riot police since last week had justified complaints resulting from years of government neglect. He announced corrective measures including the removal of import tariffs on some fertilizers, but he did not say when they would take effect.
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