Protests rock Colombia oil, coal areas; exports unaffected

BOGOTA - Thousands of demonstrators blocked highways in Colombia's main oil and coal producing provinces on Thursday to protest legislation that would share royalty income more evenly with other regions of the country.
Protesters stopped traffic with barricades of branches and stones across roads. "Don't take our royalties away," said a sign carried by one demonstrator in Arauca province.
The protests have not immediately affected oil and coal production or exports, an energy spokesman, and coal and oil industry sources said.