Clashes erupted in the Colombian city of Buenaventura after a peaceful strike ended in violence. Rough cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Clashes erupted in the Colombian port city of Buenaventura on Friday (May 19) after a days-long peaceful strike ended in violent clashes between demonstrators and police. Demonstrators created roadblocks in the city by setting tyres, cones and branches on fire, blocking major thoroughfares and access routes to the port. Demonstrators hurled rocks and other projectiles at police who volleyed tear gas to break up crowds. As the unrest descended into looting and vandalism, at least one person was killed, 11 injured and 41 arrested, RCN TV reported. Protests and strikes have been held in the Pacific port city since Tuesday (May 16) as residents demand more social investment for the city which has been wracked by violence and poverty. President Juan Manuel Santos' General Secretary, Alfonso Prada, said the government respected the days of peaceful protests, but that it would not stand for violence. Strikes and protests have slowed output at the city's Pacific port, one of the largest in the country, and has blocked coffee harvests from reaching the port. Many of the city's 415,000 residents lack access to running water and other basic services.