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.
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…