A strike by Italian truckers against high fuel costs and government reforms has taken a tragic turn with the death of a man taking part in a road blockade. He was reportedly run over by a German driver in an accident in the northern town of Asti.
The lorry drivers’ action, which is now said to be causing food shortages in some areas, is one of several strikes taking place this week.
In Milan a fruit and vegetable wholesaler said deliveries had stopped: “We are selling vegetables that we received on Sunday. But when they run out we will nothing to sell.
Fiat says four of its factories in Italy will halt production on Tuesday because of a lack of supplies.
The blockades are the most visible sign yet of anger brewing against the deregulation programme of the technocrat-led government. It insists austerity and reform are the only solutions to Italy’s unsustainable debt problems.
With prices rising and incomes falling there was evidence of the darkening mood in Naples, where drivers opposed to the strike reportedly had their truck tyres slashed.