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Fuel distributors end protest, but keep strike plans alive

truckers Protest created fuel shortages in multiple states. Photo: Leonidas Santana
Protest created fuel shortages in multiple states. Photo: Leonidas Santana

Truckers working for fuel transportation companies ended their protest after two days. They had halted activities in all southeastern states — the country’s economic engine — in protest against skyrocketing fuel prices. In Rio de Janeiro alone, over 1,500 drivers joined the demonstration — alongside another 800 in Minas Gerais, which led to fuel shortages in hundreds of gas stations in both states.

Yesterday, President Jair Bolsonaro promised to create an aid program to help drivers with their costs, with BRL 400 (USD 70) monthly stipends — which union leaders regarded as “no more than a palliative measure.”

Despite ending their protest, the sector continues with plans to hold a nationwide strike on November 1, unless the government manages to lower diesel prices and the Supreme Court rules on the constitutionality of minimum cargo transport price tables.