Coca market conflict in Bolivia: How is the crop grown and what is it used for?

The Adepcoca market is coveted, because some 48,000 kilos of coca are traded there every day, under a regulation that allows its consumption for traditional purposes, such as infusion, chewing and Andean religious rituals.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Thousands of coca growers from Bolivia's Yungas region, opposed to the government, took control of a coca market in La Paz on Monday (4), after violent clashes with the police that left several people injured and caused anxiety among residents.

To the shouts of "the Yungas united, will never be defeated!", "the Yungas stand, never on their knees", and "yes we could! yes we could!" the farmers entered, carrying the red, yellow, and green national flag. This market sells coca legally, in the neighborhood of Villa Fatima, gateway to the sub-Andean valleys of Yungas . . .

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