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Tuesday, April 20, 1999 Published at 10:58 GMT 11:58 UK

World: Americas

Violent protests in Jamaica

There have been violent protests in Jamaica against a 30% increase in fuel prices announced by the government.

Police fired tear gas at demonstrators blocking a road in the capital, Kingston, and looting was reported in the resort city of Montego Bay.

The Jamaican Government has been urged by the main opposition party to scrap the fuel tax rises, which the government says are needed to pay for improvements in public transport.

Correspondents say a similar increase in fuel prices imposed 20 years ago led to widespread social unrest.

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