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Chaos continues in Argentina after strike by police

Some back to work but looting goes on; 7 people dead

BUENOS AIRES — Many Argentines armed and barricaded themselves in their homes and stores in fear of looting mobs on Tuesday as the nation’s plans to celebrate 30 years of uninterrupted democracy were marred by police strikes for higher pay.

Politicians struggled to assert their authority over security forces even as they agreed to salary hikes so steep that many provinces won’t be able to pay their debts at month’s end, adding stress to an economy already suffering from 25 percent inflation.

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