Argentine looting toll: 10 dead, $90 million lost


A shopkeeper inspects his store after it was looted in San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, Outbreaks of looting have spread across Argentina as mobs take advantage of strikes by police demanding pay raises to match inflation. Police called off the strike after receiving a salary increase Tuesday night. (AP Photo/Bruno Cerimele) | Zoom

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - Argentina's Cabinet chief is declaring an end to police strikes and scattered looting, but some violence continued Wednesday in streets abandoned by officers demanding higher pay.

Federal officers are deployed in northern Salta province, where businesses closed with police refusing to go on patrol. Talks continued with police in southern Tierra del Fuego province and the western city of Mendoza. Three other provinces saw violent clashes early Wednesday morning even after police returned to work.

Police say their pay had fallen far below unionized public workers.

But Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich blames police for the looting that caused at least 10 deaths, hundreds of injuries and an estimated $90 million in business losses.


(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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