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Bus strike hits Brazil World Cup city Salvador

May 27, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Bus drivers are on strike in the World Cup host city of Salvador, snarling traffic in Brazil’s third biggest metropolis.

Bahia state transport secretary Fabio Mota says police will escort buses whose drivers are willing to work Tuesday. News reports say some 200 of Salvador’s 3,000 buses are expected to operate.

The striking drivers’ demands include a 12 percent salary hike and reduced working hours.

With the World Cup less than three weeks away, Brazil has been rocked by strikes by workers from many sectors and regions.

Last month, Salvador saw a strike by military police. The city of around 3 million is hosting six World Cup matches, beginning with Spain versus the Netherlands on June 13.

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