One dead, 10 injured in Colombia's oil field protest

14:21, July 20, 2011      

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At least one person was killed and ten others injured on Tuesday when oil workers clashed with police in a protest in central Colombia.

Alejandro Martinez, a spokesman from petroleum company Pacific Rubiales, confirmed that the protesters have burnt vehicles and caused road destruction. The workers have been staging a strike for a month to demand an improvement in their working conditions.

"We have one person dead and several wounded. Few trucks are burnt and there are holes in the road," said the company's manager.

Local media reported that Army Commander, General Alejandro Navas, and Director of Public Safety Police, General Jose Roberto Leon Riano, were arriving at the oil field in Meta province.

German Alfredo Osman, vice president of the "Union Sindical Obrera" (USO), said the protest was peaceful until police attacked the workers.

"The report we have from the town of Puerto Gaitan shows four serious injuries, one of which may be a native of the region," Osman said.

Vice President Angelino Garzon and Governor of Meta, Dario Vasquez, had sent delegates to negotiate an end to the strike.

Source: Xinhua
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