Mitsubishi Shutters Venezuela Assembly Plant

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Mitsubishi Motors Corp. has closed its Venezuelan car assembly plant, blaming labor conflicts that slowed production.

Mitsubishi says operations in the eastern city of Barcelona have been hampered by "indiscipline, anarchy and violence."

The company's workers staged several strikes over the last year. One of the conflicts turned violent in January, when clashes between police and workers protesting outside the plant left two people dead. During another conflict, workers seized control of the plant for 120 days.

In a Monday statement, Mitsubishi said it had reached agreement with workers to assemble at least 60 cars a day, but they only managed to produce 33 cars a day.

The plant employed about 1,400 workers.

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