The revolutionaries are known to use huge fifty kilogram bags of rice and dried beans as well as sandbags to fortify their positions. They discovered long ago that a burlap sack of dried legumes will stop even a hollow-tipped bullet and absorb the impact of a grenade. It's not unusual to find a bullet or a piece of shrapnel when emptying imported bags of rice or beans; that's why the better taquerias use domestic suppliers.
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