Italy anti-austerity protests reach Sicily
Sat Jan 28, 2012 11:42PM GMT
From North to South, the number of Italians dissatisfied with the reforms and tax hikes introduced by the government led by Prime Minister Monti, keeps growing.
In Sicily, a series of strikes organized by protest movements has brought the island to its knees.
The Shock Wave Group – composed of angry truck drivers – and the Sicilian haulage companies association blocked roads, motorways and the gates of the major ports in the past days.
Their roadblocks and blockades have led to a lack of petrol at gas stations all over the island. On certain highways the price of fuel jumped to 3 Euros a liter and groceries became a scarce resource in shops and supermarkets.
Truck drivers believe that the price of fuel has reached unsustainable levels as the cost to transport goods is greater than the cost of the actual products.
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