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300 Colombian workers protest against Canadian oil firm

09-21-2011 10:33 BJT

BOGOTA, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- At least 300 workers protested violently Tuesday against the Canadian Pacific Rubiales oil company in southeastern Colombia, injuring at least seven and causing damage to production facilities, a company official said.

Six policemen and one worker were injured in the protest that started Sunday, when workers blocked the roads to and from the field, the firm's vice president Federico Restrepo said.

In addition, several camps were set on fire early Tuesday, destroying cafeteria equipment.

Restrepo said the reason behind this violence remained unclear, as he said he had complied with all the requests the workers had put forward during annual contract negotiations over the past three months.

Local police intervened Tuesday, trying to bring the situation under control to prevent any further damage.

Restrepo urged the Colombian government to take immediate measures to ensure the safety of the field operations located in the rural Puerto Gaitan community of Meta province.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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