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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (CNN) -- A three-month standoff between the Argentine government and farmers over export taxes turned violent Saturday.
Agentine military police clash with farmers who staged a road blockade to protest a controversial export tax.
Local reports said there were several injuries and 18 arrests, including Alfredo De Angeli, a farm union leader who has been one of the most outspoken critics of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner's export tax.
Military police scuffled with farmers as they tried to remove them from a road that protesters had blocked with their trucks.
Protesters responded by throwing rocks at police and burning large truck tires in the road. Thick clouds of black smoke could be seen for miles.
Scenes of baton-wielding police in riot gear carrying struggling protesters away in trucks were broadcast live around the country.