Business leaders plead for end to Nicaragua transport strike

Business leaders in Nicaragua called on the government to put an end to the 10-day-old strike by truckers and bus drivers.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

The strike has already led to shortages that are fueling inflation. With access blocked to Managua and several provincial towns, fuel supplies were running short at power plants and factories were without basic raw materials.
Shipping companies added to fears by announcing the suspension of foreign trade in goods.

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Americans warned to beware of violence in Nicaragua

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The US embassy in Managua warned Americans to beware after a series of attacks on US residents and visitors. They should also be careful to avoid transport protests, it added in a statement.

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Nicaragua transport strike erupts in violence

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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.

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