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Bolivia: After heavy clashes with police, coca producers take control of La Paz market

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Shouting "The Yungas united, will never be defeated!" and "Yes, we did it! Yes, we did it!" carrying the national red, yellow and green flag, the farmers entered the market that legally sells coca in the Villa Fatima neighborhood, the gateway to the sub-Andean Yungas valleys, where coca has been grown since before the Inca empire.

The incidents began at noon, when the farmers organized to take control of the Association of Coca Leaf Producers of La Paz (ADEPCOCA) market, after complaining that another group, supported by president Luis Arce's government, had taken over . . .

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