Are Worldwide Gas Strikes and Clashes with Police a Sign of Things to Come in the U.S.?

Protests are erupting all across the world over skyrocketing fuel costs. Working class people in Spain, Thailand, the Philippines, South Korea, the Netherlands Portugal and India, are striking and rioting in the streets.

Fishermen are burning their boats in Thailand, and Spanish gas stations are running as hauliers blockade major roads and refuse to transport food. Consequently, store shelves are empty.

This violence has already claimed the lives of hundreds.

In Manila workers are demand the lifting of a 12 per cent sales tax on fuel. Gas prices there have risen about 24 per cent this year. 

In Thailand, tens of thousands of heavy lorries are threatening to cause havoc while farmers are demonstrating and fishermen have begun burning their boats in nationwide protests. Lorry drivers’ leaders warned the government that it has until next Tuesday to subsidise their fuel or face large scale chaos in Bangkok.

However, the heaviest and most reported violence has been in Spain.

In Spain, hauliers’ unions vowed to continue protests, rejecting measures to end nationwide protests over rising fuel prices. In San Isidro, near Alicante, a lorry driver is being treated for serious burns after narrowly escaping an attempt by strikers to burn him alive in his cab.

Gas stations in Madrid and Catalonia have run dry, and supermarkets are reporting panic buying.

 Car manufacturers warned that if the stoppage continues the entire industry will grind to a halt because parts are not reaching factories. Police recently re-established traffic into France at the border post of La Jonquera, where more than 3,000 lorries had been barred entry by pickets.

Strikers have been battling police as well. It is reported that people are being beaten in the streets, while police are being attacked by protestors. 

Infrastructure Minister Magdalena Alvarez has rejected the hauliers’ demand for fuel subsidies, describing it as illegal in a market economy. In Portugal, farmers said they would have to throw away 660,000 gallons of fresh milk by the end of the day unless the protest ended because they had run out of storage capacity.

That’s no problem because this isn’t happening in the U.S. you say? Maybe so, but gas theft is.

In the mid-west, any form of gas is becoming attractive for thieves, especially diesel because it is often un-guarded. Farmers running diesel-fueled irrigation pumps usually store around 250 gallons. In California, sheriffs estimate that $300,000 worth of diesel was stolen in the past 3 months.

How long before theft morphs into riots and violence?

Read article on worldwide fuel strikes and riots here

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5 responses to “Are Worldwide Gas Strikes and Clashes with Police a Sign of Things to Come in the U.S.?

  1. goodtimepolitics

    Does anyone make sense out of what Obama says regarding gas prices? He wants us the American people to adjust to higher gas prices that are going higher each day, oh don’t worry about the price just adjust and pay it. Putting more money into their pockets, I think he’s talking about the American people but maybe talking about his friends with oil investments! Obama wants to take money out of your pockets by raising taxes! Encouraging the market to adapt to these new circumstances more quickly, particularly U.S. automakers, how are you encouraging the automakers Obama, by raising the price of gas higher, higher taxes by raising the capital gain tax from 18% to 28%. Come on now I didn’t see anything that made sense in what Barack Hussein Obama said!

    (fox news)
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., criticized Democrats, including fellow Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., over recent comments Obama made regarding gas prices.

    The comments that McConnell referred to were given during an interview with CNBC. Discussing rising gasoline prices, Obama said: “I think that I would have preferred a gradual adjustment. The fact that this is such a shock to American pocketbooks is not a good thing.

    Obama also said that “if we take some steps right now to help people make the adjustment, first of all by putting more money into their pockets, but also by encouraging the market to adapt to these new circumstances more quickly, particularly U.S. automakers, then I think ultimately, we can come out of this stronger and have a more efficient energy policy than we do right now.

    McConnell, honing in on Obama’s referral to “gradual” price increases, said Obama’s remarks are evidence that Obama believes “rising gas prices aren’t the problem. The problem, he suggested, is that they’ve gone up too fast. He said he would prefer a gradual adjustment.”

    He continued: “Whether it’s shutting down domestic exploration in large areas both onshore and offshore, instituting a moratorium on oil shale development, increasing the gas tax, or refusing to pursue coal to liquids, Democrats long ago implemented a ‘gradual adjustment’ on gas prices that’s reflected today in the $4.05 Americans are paying for a gallon of gas.”

  2. goodtimepolitics said,

    “I think he’s talking about the American people but maybe talking about his friends with oil investments”

    “…oh don’t worry about the price just adjust and pay it.”

    Seriously, are you confusing Obama with George Bush?

    Nothing confusing about what Obama is saying but you seem to be confused since wrongly stated his positions on his tax plans. Maybe you should just stop repeating what heard from the right wing talking heads on the radio or FOX News.

    Obama has said he will REDUCE the taxes for most Americans. Yes, he will raise taxes on upper income Americans who can afford it the most. That may not have been needed if not for Bush lowering taxes while spending trillion dollars on a unneeded and illegal war.

    Obama has never said don’t worry about high gas prices??? It was no secret with increasing world demand for oil that gas prices would be going up. Obama was just saying the problem is that the oil prices surged up to quick for some Americans to adjust quick enough. Americans are adjusting to high prices by driving less, buying smaller cars, and cutting out other unneeded spending.

    Yes, blame Democrats for high gas prices who have not held the oval office for eights years and until recently the Congress majority for 12 years.

    Don’t you realize by using Obama’s middle name that you sound even more ignorant then you are?

  3. Gentlemen,

    This post has nothing to do with Obama’s (unstated) policy on gas prices. Although “goodtimepoitics” does need to do some fact checking. Bush has done more to raise taxes and hidden fees on the middle clash than any President ever. I could right a book on it.

    The issue in this post, is what we may be facing. If things continue on this path, people are going to take to the streets. Do we want to see riots in big cities? Do we want bloodshed over oil? Do we want people dragged from their cars by the poor because they’re the only ones who can afford to drive????

  4. MJ,

    I agree with you fully.

    Our friend “goodtimepolitics” sounds like a “Fox News” digital-talking-point recording. It’s not going to work this time “goodtimepolitics.” People aren’t buying the rhetoric anymore. Bush has ruined this economy through foolish decisions and a lack of foresight. I’m just a blogger and I forecasted the housing crunch and higher fuel prices years ago. (Search Why couldn’t the Bush administration see this?

    If you want to attack Obama that’s fine, but at least make an attempt to wage a valid argument. Most of your points are just silly or outright lies.

    By the way, what is McCain proposing. I’ll answer that for you…nothing.

  5. Xx0kp8 Excellent article, I will take note. Many thanks for the story!

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