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

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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