Everyone is on strike! How truckers strike paralyzed all of Brazil

Strikes in Brazil are as mundane as carnivals. This is akin to national entertainment: once a month at least someone strikes. It would seem that the truckers strike, which began on May 20, is no different from the rest. But the protest actions lasted more than a week and dealt a huge blow to the inhabitants of the whole country. User Pikabu under the nickname Esmys told how the decision of the oil and gas company had an impact on all of Brazil.

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At the end of May 2018, the state-owned oil and gas company Petrobras announced a new increase in the price of gasoline and diesel fuel. This is explained by the global increase in energy prices. But you can't explain it to the people, prices are rising, and people don't like it. During the week, the company reviewed prices five times - of course, in favor of the increase.

As a result, on May 20, truckers from various states came out to protest.They blocked dozens of highways across the country, burning tires on the roads. As a result, kilometer traffic jams formed on the tracks.

“But the most important thing is that a huge shortage of fuel has begun. Anyone. Everywhere. Now 14 airports have reported fuel shortages, over 100 flights have been canceled. Refueling simply closed with a sign that says that there is no gas at all. And at few stations where there is still gasoline, just huge queues. And some have inflated prices up to 8 reais ($ 2.3) per liter, ”writes Esmys.

People protested for more than a week, and this caused a lot of problems. The work of public transport has been paralyzed, enterprises and schools are closing, food shortages have begun. Supplies of some essential goods are carried out under the escort of the military police. Food prices have risen sharply. If earlier eggs cost about 21 dollars, now it is 32 dollars. A bag of potatoes cost 21 dollars, now the price has risen to 100. The French supermarket chain Carrefour has limited the amount of goods that can be bought. People are stocking food.

“And some real hysteria begins around.No one knows how to get to work, buy food that is starting to be missed, and so on. It is estimated that transport companies lose about 100,000 reais ($ 30,300) per hour, and supermarkets lost about 1.5 billion reais in a week’s strike.

In some cities and states of the country even declared a state of emergency. Brazilian President Michel Temer decided to disperse the demonstrators by force, because the “radical minority” makes it difficult to unblock the motorways. On May 24, Temer declared that the issue was resolved with truckers. But apparently, they did not know about it, so they continued to protest.

"At the moment, out of 600 blocked roads, some are starting to free themselves, but the process is slow, and the discontented are more and more."

The most interesting thing is that even in such a difficult situation, people did not lose their sense of humor and actively posted memes on the topic of strikes in social networks. Well, what, since nothing could be done, even laughed.

Birthday Optimus Prime.

- Dear, I would like to have dinner in some expensive place today.
- OK.

Petrobras / Last liter
Today at all gas stations.

As a result, on May 28, Temer lowered the price of gasoline by almost half the real. He said that the new price will remain at the same level for about two months, and then it will be adjusted. In response to this decision, the union announced the cessation of protests.

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