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Strike by Spanish truckers threatens market supplies

Strike by Spanish truckers threatens market supplies

Spanish truck drivers began an indefinite strike over rocketing fuel prices yesterday, smashing windscreens of vehicles that crossed picket lines.
They were joined by truck drivers in neighboring Portugal who also went on strike, while there were also protests across the border in France over the impact of the surge in oil prices to record highs of over US$139 per barrel.
Spaniards fearing fuel shortages queued to fill up at petrol stations. Queues also built up outside some hypermarkets after truckers warned supermarkets would run out of goods within days.
Long lines of trucks formed at Spanish-French border crossings and television stations showed pictures of abandoned lorries with broken windscreens, lights ripped out and tires punctured after they tried to defy the strike.
The government reported incidents at crossings in Catalonia and in the Basque Country as Spanish truckers protested alongside French drivers also demanding government action to counter a more than 20 percent rise in fuel prices this year.
Some 15 truckers stopped trucks from travelling to Spain in the French border town of Perthus but allowed smaller vehicles and buses to proceed. Around 200 trucks also deliberately slowed traffic into the French city of Bordeaux.


Updated : 2021-04-17 23:34 GMT+08:00