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Striking truckers lift Spanish/Portuguese blockades

 Striking truckers lift Spanish/Portuguese blockades
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Traffic on major routes around Spanish cities were running normally this morning, after police decided to get tough with striking truckers blocking roads. The government in Madrid was determined to ensure the free movement of goods and traffic. While no official deal was struck, most strikers support plans to help the haulage sector cope with spiralling fuel costs.

This morning’s papers backed the government. One said “taking control”, another branded the burning of some lorries as “terrorist behaviour.”

Striking Portuguese truckers have reached a deal to lift fuel blockades. The agreement came just in time for Lisbon airport, which had all-but drained its fuel reserves dry. The accord hammered out with the unions should now see deliveries back on the road, with fuel stations and supermarket shelves quickly restocked.