The nine-day-old strike by bus drivers and truckers exploded into violence in which 15 police officers and 50 other people were injured.
The violence broke out when riot police moved in with tear-gas to break up a blockade by the strikers of the Pan-American Highway. Strikers fought back with stones and machetes.
Dozens of people were arrested and protesters burned two trucks they claimed were breaking the strike.
So far, the stoppage involves only interurban transport and cargo carriers, but ultimately it could spread to taxis, motor taxis, microbuses, public bus services), and cooperatives of the National Transport Coordinator (CNT).
There are concerns that the labor force could be immobilized in the "bedroom communities" where they live, and that food and non-perishable cargo could be undeliverable. People are clamoring for the government to find a solution. The business sector has requested that the Executive Branch renew dialogue with transport carriers to avoid a major financial crises for Nicaraguan citizens.
The National Transport Coordinator confirmed today that a national transport strike will begin on April 28. On April 24 (tomorrow) a national march featuring bus, taxi and tractor trucks in the Managua region.
As the actions to pressure the government were being announced, the Union of Independent Taxi co-operatives confirmed that it is ready to set up four services stations to store cheap fuel for all taxi co-operatives in Managua.
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