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Clashes outside Monsanto plant in Argentina

November 28, 2013

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentine union members on Thursday clashed with environmentalists protesting the construction of a plant by U.S.-based seed giant Monsanto.

Local media reported the groups came to blows outside the plant in Cordoba province. Environmentalist Vanina Barboza said that dozens of workers from the Argentine Construction Union attacked the protest camp near the plant, injuring 20 activists and stealing personal objects.

Monsanto executive Adrian Vilalba accused the environmentalists of destroying workers’ cars.

Construction of the corn-processing plant was halted in October when environmentalists began disrupting entry of supplies. Activists oppose the use of genetically modified crops, which Monsanto produces and Barboza says they’ll continue to block roads and access to the plant.

Workers say the environmentalists are cutting them off from their livelihood.

The state news agency Telam says the violence is being investigated by a local prosecutor.

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