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Protesters Clash with Police over Plant Reopening

07 December 2012

CHILE - Protesters in Chile are reported to have clashed with riot police in the Atcama region over the reopening of a pig processing plant that had been closed because of the foul smells it was producing.

The plant in Freirina is one of the largest pig processing factories in Chile and protests in May over the smell from the plant blocked access to the processor forcing it to close.

The earlier protests and blockade saw many of the pigs at Freirina starve to death.

According to reports in the Sun Herald, protesters set up new barricades when the plant reopened and the demonstrations included rioters throwing rocks at police.

Three people were injured and eight people have been arrested, the Sun Herald reports.

The local authorities have called on the health ministry to carry out another inspection at the plant.

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