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Colombia protest holding back cargo from Buenaventura port in Colombia

Staff Writer | May 25, 2017
A protest by residents in the Colombian Pacific port city of Buenaventura has prevented the shipment of hundreds of thousands of tonnes of cargo, the government said, adding that officials are negotiating with community leaders.
Buenaventura port
Cargo   229,489 tonnes of cargo in Colombia
Residents are demanding more funding for the violent and poverty-stricken city, which has about 415,000 residents, many of whom lack basics like running water.

The week-long protest has blocked roads, preventing the arrival of coffee and other goods to ports, and sparking looting at supermarkets last weekend.

The coffee industry has expressed worry that the strike may delay shipments of high-quality arabica beans at a time when heavy rains have already slowed the harvest.

So far 24,465 shipping containers and 229,489 tonnes of cargo have been held back by the strike, the ports and transport regulator said in a statement.