BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Truckers have clashed with police in Colombia’s capital as part of a strike now in its sixth week.
The demonstrators took control of a street Wednesday with the intention of disrupting Independence Day festivities underway in downtown Bogota. They burned tires and threw rocks before being dispersed by riot police.
Truckers went on strike last month demanding an increase in cargo prices. One person died in clashes earlier this month.
The strike has led to major disruptions in the distribution of food across Colombia with several cities experiencing double-digit price increases for what limited produce manages to break through the picket lines.