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Striking truckers clash with police in Colombia's capital

  • A man rides his bicycle past police clashing with striking truckers in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, July 20, 2016. Hundreds of truckers clashed with police on Wednesday on the 41st day of their strike which has made food scarce in some areas of the country. Truckers are demanding a higher price for freight, lower fuel prices and fewer license regulations for cargo. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

    A man rides his bicycle past police clashing with striking truckers in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, July 20, 2016. Hundreds of truckers clashed with police on Wednesday on the 41st day of their strike which has made food scarce in some areas of the country. Truckers are demanding a higher price for freight, lower fuel prices and fewer license regulations for cargo. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)  (The Associated Press)

  • A man throws stones at police during a truckers strike in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, July 20, 2016. Hundreds of truckers clashed with police on Wednesday on the 41st day of their strike which has made food scarce in some areas of the country. Truckers are demanding a higher price for freight, lower fuel prices and fewer license regulations for cargo. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

    A man throws stones at police during a truckers strike in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, July 20, 2016. Hundreds of truckers clashed with police on Wednesday on the 41st day of their strike which has made food scarce in some areas of the country. Truckers are demanding a higher price for freight, lower fuel prices and fewer license regulations for cargo. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)  (The Associated Press)

  • Truck drivers shout slogans against police during a truckers strike in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, July 20, 2016. Hundreds of truckers clashed with police on Wednesday on the 41st day of their strike which has made food scarce in some areas of the country. Truckers are demanding a higher price for freight, lower fuel prices and fewer license regulations for cargo. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

    Truck drivers shout slogans against police during a truckers strike in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, July 20, 2016. Hundreds of truckers clashed with police on Wednesday on the 41st day of their strike which has made food scarce in some areas of the country. Truckers are demanding a higher price for freight, lower fuel prices and fewer license regulations for cargo. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)  (The Associated Press)

Truckers have clashed with police in Colombia's capital as part of a strike now in its sixth week.

The demonstrators took control of a street Wednesday with the intention of disrupting Independence Day festivities underway in downtown Bogota. They burned tires and threw rocks before being dispersed by riot police.

Truckers went on strike last month demanding an increase in cargo prices. One person died in clashes earlier this month.

The strike has led to major disruptions in the distribution of food across Colombia with several cities experiencing double-digit price increases for what limited produce manages to break through the picket lines.