Nicaragua: Stoppage worsens
Only Managua's buses, a few taxis and a few inter-urban cooperatives are working. The beginnings of violence are being seen between transport workers who support the strike and those who still carry passengers.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Thousands of citizens who wanted to avoid problems be arriving in Managua early to start work were stymied by buses blocking the streets.
Bus companies in Nicaragua stepped up their protest over the government's refusal to allow fare increases. Firms that cover routes toward the north and center of the country withdrew their services and leaders of the movement said no buses would be available in Managua within a matter of hours.
Public transport returned to normal in Nicaragua after two weeks of strikes, just as gasoline prices rose by a record US$1.30 a liter.
El Salvador's public works minister, Jorge Nieto, will try to find a solution today with representatives of various public transport companies that will end a crisis caused by high fuel prices.
Bus operators could launch a new stoppage later this week if they do not reach agreement with the government over fare increases and other measures.
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