Small-scale fishermen clash with police after protest in Chilean port demanding bigger catches

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SANTIAGO, Chile – Small-scale fishermen in Chile have clashed with police after a protest in the port of Valparaiso.

Fishermen marched to the Congress on Wednesday to demand improved working conditions and an increase in the amount of cuttlefish they’re allowed to catch.

Police broke up the march using water cannons and tear gas. The protesters responded by hurling stones.

Local Radio Bio Bio reports that at least two police officers were injured. Valparaiso’s provincial governor says the protest was not authorized by officials.

Small-scale fishermen have also protested a law that they say endangers their livelihood by setting fishing quotas and giving preferential treatment to big fishing companies.

Chile has more than 2,500 miles (4,000 kilometres) of coast and fishing is among its top industries.

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