Violent clashes in Bolivia over new customs law

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Bolivian police used tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters who tried to surround the government palace in the capital of La Paz.

They were demonstrating against a new customs law that punishes those who smuggle goods with the same severity as drug traffickers.

Local media reported the clashes took place as the protesters were trying to gain access to Plaza Murrillo.

The protesters oppose the law because they say it affects their interests and business.

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