Brazil truckers’ strike leads to fuel shortages

Truckers stand on a partially blocked road that connects the cities Rio de Janeiro and Teresopolis, to protest diesel price hikes, in Guapimirim, Brazil, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Diesel prices have been steadily rising over the last year as world oilThe Associated Press
Truckers stand on a partially blocked road that connects the cities Rio de Janeiro and Teresopolis, to protest diesel price hikes, in Guapimirim, Brazil, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Diesel prices have been steadily rising over the last year as world oil prices have gone up and the Brazilian real has devalued sharply against the U.S. dollar. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

A truckers’ strike is snarling traffic around Brazil and causing fuel shortages that have forced Rio de Janeiro to reduce the number of buses circulating.

Truckers are protesting rising diesel prices, which have been increasing as oil pricesrise and Brazil’s real falls against the dollar.

Thursday is the fourth day that truckers have blocked thoroughfares in Latin America’s largest country.

The strike continued despite state-run oil giant Petrobras‘ decision a day earlier to reduce diesel prices at refineries by 10 percent. The company said the measure would last for 15 days and give the government time to negotiate an end to the strike.

The strike is making fuel scarce. Long lines could be seen at some gas stations, and Rio reduced its bus service by 50 percent Thursday.

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