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More Fuel Strikes Flare Across Europe

Posted by msrb on June 9, 2008

Could Fuel Strikes Break Out Across the U.S.?

Tens of thousands of Spanish truck drivers strike to protest fuel prices.

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As fishermen’s strike throughout Spain protesting fuel costs entered its second week, tens of thousands of Spanish truck drivers began an indefinite strike to protest fuel price rises, blocking roads at the main border crossing with neighboring France.

Spanish truck drivers bring traffic to standstill near Barcelona at the start of an indefinite strike to protest against rising fuel prices. Photograph: Xavier Bertral/EPA. Image may be subject to copyright. See MSRB Fair Use Notice.

Meanwhile, “snail protests” were staged by truck drivers held up traffic around Madrid and Barcelona. “We are the ones who move the goods that this country needs to keep working. If we stop because we haven’t got the money to buy fuel then the country will stop,” Julio Villascusa, president of the transport association federation Fenadismer, said.

Truck drivers’ strike, if it continues for more than a week, could potentially bring spain to a standstill.

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