Venezuelan union leader says 8 hurt during protest by workers at state aluminum plant

CARACAS, Venezuela — A Venezuelan union leader says eight workers have been hurt during a protest by employees at a state aluminum company.

Union organizer David Torres blames a group of government loyalists. He says they attacked protesting workers at the Bauxilum plant in the eastern city of Puerto Ordaz.

The protest has partially halted operations at the aluminum plant during much of the past week.

Torres told reporters Saturday that men came from other state-run businesses and attacked the protesters by hitting them and hurling rocks. He says eight protesting workers needed medical treatment.

State and police officials decline to comment about the incident.

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