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Military patrols ordered in Bogota in wake of protest deaths

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Military patrols ordered in Bogota in wake of protest deaths

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Troops have been sent in to patrol the streets of the Colombian capital Bogota after violent protests left two people dead.

Demonstrations, which began as a strike by farmers angry about agricultural and trade policies, have spread to other sectors.

President Juan Manuel Santos ordered the patrols after almost two weeks of roadblocks, protests and clashes with police.

Police fired tear gas in downtown Bogota late on Thursday and a curfew was imposed in three densely populated areas of the capital to control outbreaks of violence and looting.