At Least 21 Injured in Protest Against Nicaragua Canal
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|Authorities said at least 21 people were injured on Wednesday in clashes between police and protesters opposed to the construction of Nicaragua's planned $50 billion shipping canal. Nicaragua's director general of police Aminta Granera said that 15 police officers and six civilians were hurt. Organizers of the protest said, however, that at least 40 demonstrators were injured. Granera said that after the demonstration was cleared, protesters used guns, machetes, stones and sticks to attack police. The proposed canal would pass through Lake Nicaragua, Central America's largest lake, and would be more than three times longer than the Panama Canal.
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