Bogota, Aug 20 (EFE).- Farmers taking part in a nationwide protest effectively shut down parts of 15 highways in five Colombian provinces, the Invias road authority said Tuesday.
On some roads, like the one linking Bogota with Tunja, the capital of the central province of Boyaca, traffic was blocked in two locations, Invias said via Twitter.
The Invias information contradicts the police version of the situation, which says that the blockades put in place on Monday by protesters have already been removed and the situation on the country's roadways is back to normal.
In presenting a summary of the situation on the roads, the police director, Gen. Rodolfo Palomino, said that on Tuesday "some difficulty persists on the route linking Tunja with Chiquinquira" near the municipality of Cucaita.
Invias, however, said the Bogota-Tunja highway, which on Monday was the scene of confrontations between potato and dairy farmers and the police, remains "totally closed" at Km. 62 near El Tablon, and Km. 98 near Ventaquemada.
The government reiterated that although it respects the protests by the agrarian sector, which truckers and health workers have joined, to make known various demands, it will not allow highway blockades.