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1 Dead, 20 Injured in Violent Protests Over Control of Bolivian Gas Field


Authorities in southern Bolivia say violent protests by residents demanding control of natural gas facilities have left one person dead and more than 20 injured.

Officials say several people were injured Wednesday as police fired on crowds protesting for a second day outside pipeline control stations in Bolivia's southern state of Tarija.

In another incident Wednesday, protesters seized about 50 police and took away their weapons in Yacuiba, the capital of (Tarija's) Gran Chaco province.

Officials say one demonstrator was killed and at least eight were injured Tuesday when protests turned violent in Gran Chaco. Protesters briefly occupied pipeline stations in the province Tuesday, but were driven back by Bolivian soldiers firing tear gas and rubber bullets.

The provinces of Gran Chaco and neighboring O'Connor are fighting for jurisdiction over the valuable Margarita natural gas field.

Bolivian authorities are trying to determine which province has the right to the field and the royalties from future exports.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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