Colombians hold violent protest during Bush visit

March 12, 2007 05:01

US President George W. Bush's six-hour visit to closely allied Colombia was accompanied by demonstrations as about 150 protesters attacked riot police with rocks and metal barriers and ripped down lampposts in Colombia's capital. The highest-security stop on Bush's five-nation tour, the Colombia visit was also the shortest stopover on the trip. The protesters object to the US$700 million (€532 million) annually received by Colombia in mostly military US aid, blaming the assistance for fueling the country's decades-old civil conflict and encouraging human rights abuses by the country's armed forces. The demonstrators also protested the US war in Iraq.

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