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Blumar operations back to normal after general strike

The salmon producer took the decision to suspend processing for the safety and security of its workers on Tuesday after recent civil unrest.

Chilean salmon producer Blumar said its processing operations are running normally again after a 24-hour general strike in the South American nation on Tuesday.

"We are operating normally," the company's Commercial Director Daniel Montoya told IntraFish.

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Blumar decided to suspend processing at its plants for the safety and security of its workers on Tuesday following recent civil unrest.

The national day of action was marked by demonstrations, looting and sometimes violent protests aimed at pressuring the government of President Sebastian Pinera to deepen social reforms. A main government building in the central Chilean city of Concepcion was set on fire.

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Airport workers from the capital city of Santiago, the main route out of Chile for salmon, also joined the strike, further complicating logistics situation for producers.

As Tuesday's general strike began, salmon production, harvesting and processing operations in Chile were just returning to normal after three weeks of civil unrest that left the sector running well below capacity.

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Protests, which hindered logistics in Chile, began after a price hike was announced for fares on the metro in Chile's capital city of Santiago and then spread to other cities and locations around the country.

The processing hub of Quellon on Chile's southern Chiloe island, which has only one access road and can only be reached by ferry, quickly became a strategic target for demonstrators.

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