In the latest protest against the rising cost of fuel, hundreds of British bikers caused massive delays around Manchester during rush-hour on Thursday morning. Despite the massive tailbacks, the convoy of around 500 bikers was greeted by supporters along the way. Some lorry drivers and taxis joined in the protest.
One biker said he simply could not make ends meet any longer: “The fuel now is costing us our bloody work. I did a job in Sheffield, 12 weeks, cost me 600 quid (pounds). Comes out of my pocket. Fifty quid a week, it’s just a joke now.”
A nationwide fuel protest is planned for June 22 when motorists of all kinds have been urged to take part in a peaceful driving protest. In the French port town of Marseille, too, taxi drivers caused traffic chaos on Thursday as they blocked main roads leading in an out of the city.
Although here too motorists expressed solidarity, there is growing weariness at the disruption: “Well, they’re defending their interests but it would be better if it didn’t affect us,” said one man.
Further south, in the Spanish capital Madrid, thousands of taxi drivers answered a call to protest in the city centre this morning. Like the French, they are demanding tax cuts and preferential rates for professionals.