Security forces put an end to truckers' strike in Guatemala
Security forces put an end to a three-day-old strike by truckers in Guatemala, but the grievances that led to the dispute remain.
Friday, May 9, 2008
Truckers went on strike in Monday to protest a ban on late afternoon deliveries in Guatemala City. The ban was imposed by city authorities in an effort to alleviate traffic congestion.
Alvaro Colom, the Guatemalan president, assumed special powers and ordered the security forces to intervene in a three-day-old truckers' strike that has led to food and fuel shortages in several cities.
Guatemalan truckers launched a strike in protest at a decision by authorities in the capital to restrict their hours of access to the city.
President Álvaro Colom of Guatemala revoked the special powers he decreed on May 7 as the nation faced the threat of a truckers' strike.
Public transport in El Salvador was reduced to about 60 percent of its normal level as several bus companies protested over the government's refusal to raise bus fares.
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