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Colombia: Street Vendors’ Protest Shuts Down Medellin

By Larry Habegger and Laurie Weed | Permalink | No Comments | October 3rd, 2012 | Trackback

An impromptu protest in Medellin turned violent Oct. 1, leading to injuries for at least three people and 39 arrests. When no one from the government showed up to discuss their trading rights as planned, a group of street vendors began blocking downtown roads and routes to the city center. Riot police arrived on the scene and by afternoon, the streets were in chaos. Groups of masked men clashed with police, threw rocks and bricks, broke windows and looted stores. Local businesses barred their doors while police used water cannons and teargas to disperse the angry crowd. Traffic was gridlocked for hours and three metro stations temporarily closed in the downtown area. Once order had been restored, city officials promised to address what they referred to as a “misunderstanding” with the street vendors.

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