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Chilean fishermen, police clash over new law

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 00:52

Demonstrators in central Chile set fires and barricade roads to denounce a controversial fishing quota law they say favors big companies. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Clashes broke out between small-scale fishermen and police in central Chile on Tuesday (March 24). The demonstrators lit fires and barricaded roads to denounce the controversial fishing quota law known as the Longueira Law. Named after former Chilean Economy Minister Pablo Longueira, critics say the legislation gives preferential treatment to big fishing companies and hurts small-scale fishermen. Protesters opposed to the law set a fishing boat on fire in the middle of a road and placed cable barricades to obstruct traffic. Police responded by firing tear gas in an attempt to disperse the demonstrators. Fishermen and their supporters have vowed to keep up protests against the fishing quota since it was passed in 2012. With more than 4,000 km (2,500 miles) of coastline, Chile's billion-dollar fishing industry ranks among the country's top industries.

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Chilean fishermen, police clash over new law

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 00:52