Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Greece's Truckers Protest Austerity

Wall Street Journal
September 14, 2010

The Greek truckers' union's decision to stop work on Monday to protest liberalization of the sector has reignited fears of a severe fuel shortage after a paralyzing strike in July.

A bill to open up the closed truckers' industry will go before parliament this week. In response, 1,000 drivers parked their vehicles on the side lane of Greece's national highway linking Athens to the northern city of Thessalonica, creating traffic jams.

The line stretched for four kilometers, or 2.5 miles, on both sides of the major artery.

The action was the newest in a long line of protests against the Socialist government's austerity agenda, imposed on the debt-strapped nation by its international lenders.


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