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Spanish truckers end fuel protest

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Most of Spain’s striking lorry drivers have returned to work after the government said it would not tolerate fuel blockades and intimidation.

The truckers lifted their blockades after promises of help with soaring diesel prices. But the Prime Minister said threats against strike-breakers were unacceptable: “I call on them to change their attitude, to calm down, to accept their responsibilities. And I say again, the Government has a “zero tolerance” policy towards violence.”

Around 70 truckers were arrested as anger over spiralling fuel costs threatened to boil over and strikers argued with working drivers. One trucker was seriously hurt when his lorry was attacked and set on fire as he slept in the cab. Spain’s main taxi union has now called a strike for Friday demanding similar help with fuel costs.