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Brazilian truckers block highways to protest fuel hikes

February 24, 2015

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian union officials say truck drivers are blocking roads in six states to protest hikes in fuel prices and tolls.

Jose Araujo Silva is president of the National Union of Autonomous Truck Drivers. He says it’s difficult to say how many truckers are taking part in the protest “because the movement has no unified command leading it.”

The truck drivers are also protesting low freight prices and are demanding that freight costs be based on the distances trucks travel to deliver goods. Freight costs are currently determined by tonnage.

In some areas, the protest has caused delivery delays and shortages of diesel and gasoline, as well as products such as soybeans, milk and meat.

Calls to the transportation ministry for comment went unanswered.

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