Guatemalan truckers strike in protest at traffic restrictions

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

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

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 City authorities have banned the entry of cargo traffic in the early morning and late afternoon in an attempt to improve traffic conditions.

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