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.
With the mayor refusing to negotiate with the strikers and fuel supplies fast running out, President Alvaro Colom ordered the army and police to break up the protest.
Two strikers were killed in clashes, and the dispute is estimated to have cost the economy US$60 million.

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Guatemala orders security forces to halt truckers' strike

May 2008

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.

The powers include restrictions on the Constitutional right to public assemblies. In a nationwide broadcast, Colom said the measures were necessary "so that the interests of the majority can prevail over those of a small group."

Guatemalan truckers strike in protest at traffic restrictions

May 2008

Guatemalan truckers launched a strike in protest at a decision by authorities in the capital to restrict their hours of access to the city.

Hundreds of trailers and cargo trucks have been abandoned on roads all over the country, and the strike threatens supplies of food and fuel.

Guatemala's Colom revokes special powers as strike threat fades

May 2008

President Álvaro Colom of Guatemala revoked the special powers he decreed on May 7 as the nation faced the threat of a truckers' strike.

With the strike threat now removed, Colom said no extension of the special powers was necessary. He had only adopted them to ensure the right of way on the nation's highways, he added.

Salvador's bus companies go on strike

April 2008

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.

Police said the availability of buses was down throughout the nation, but the problem was particularly severe in San Salvador and the surrounding area.

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