Transport fare rises trigger clash in Argentina, 29 detained

11:16, December 18, 2009      

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At least 29 people were arrested and 12 police officers were injured on Thursday during a clash in downtown Cordoba city, triggered by a hike in public transportation fares.

"There are 29 detainees, seven of whom were followed till they entered the Public Works Union building," chief police inspector Nestro Gambarte told media.

The clash, during which three shops were also damaged, took place near the building of the Deliberation Council, where the local legislative body convenes. The protestors, who belong to leftist parties, voiced disagreement over the public transportation fare rises from 1.50 Argentine pesos (39 U.S. cents) to 2 pesos (52 U.S. cents).

"The police had to act, when it was attacked by the protestors with Molotov bombs and offensive elements," police said in a statement.

Source: Xinhua
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