Who are the truckers driving Brazil into chaos?

Who are the truckers driving Brazil into chaos?
Brazilian truckers. Photo: DCM

Since May 21, Brazilian truckers have staged nationwide protests by blocking roads and creating fuel and food shortages in nearly every Brazilian urban center. The weak federal administration has caved to every single demand presented by the truckers, from lowering diesel prices to giving tax exemptions to transportation companies.

Last week, The Brazilian Report showed how central the truckers’ role is to the Brazilian economy. They are responsible for over 60 percent of all freights in Brazil – including those destined to other South American countries.

As nearly nothing has been transported in the country, nearly all sectors of...

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