By: Steve Dellar | 05-25-2018 | News
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Brazil – Truckers’ Strike Leads To Fuel, Food Shortages (Video)

Four days of subsequent truckers’ strikes over an increase in diesel prices (which have doubled since 2016) means that long queues had formed at petrol stations whilst several shortages of basic foods were reported across the country.

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Several airports reported they would soon be running out of fuel. The Brazilian government this morning announced it had struck a deal with the striking truckers, but their unions have not yet confirmed the agreement. Already one of the major unions representing some 700,000 striking truckers stated it would leave negotiations before the deal was reached and continue with the blockades.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">How is our state? No gas, no food, welcome to the truckers strike in Brazil! Zero gasoline <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; ScheilaSpaderGibson (=^・^=)♠️ (@spaderGibson) <a href="">May 23, 2018</a></blockquote>

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One of the largest supermarket chains in the country, French company Carrefour, introduced limits to the number of items each customer can buy as refills are no longer possible due to roadblocks being set up by striking truckers. Shelves are running low on basic goods.

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Bread, rice and mineral water are all being bought in bulk by panicked Brazilians.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Truckers striking across Brazil to protest diesel prices. Consequences: <br>- limit 5 tomatoes at Carrefour<br>- McDonald&#39;s running out of Big Mac buns<br>- wedding canceled <br>- chickens turning into cannibals bc no grain<br>- I spell caminhoneiros<br>EVERYTHING IS FINE<a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GreveDosCaminhoneiros</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Shannon Sims (@shannongsims) <a href="">May 24, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Petrobras, the state-owned petrol company, saw its shares drop some 15% when the government announced it would already drop diesel prices by 10% to help ongoing negotiations.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Today is day 4 of a national truckers strike in Brazil. Protesting diesel prices, they’re blocking key highways &amp; choking off supply lines (almost no railways). Airports running out of fuel; buses reduced frequency; price gouging on food, gas, etc.���� <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Andrew Fishman (@AndrewDFish) <a href="">May 24, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Their spokesman, Mr Pedro Parente, claimed: "It's an exceptional measure. It doesn't mean the company is changing its pricing policy."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Truckers strike continues now with farmers support in some region of South <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Brazil</a><a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#agro</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; SL&amp;E Farm/Fazenda (@StaLuziaEsteio) <a href="">May 22, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The prices of fuel and diesel doubled ever since current President Temer took over from the impeached Dilma Roussef back in 2016.


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