Fuel prices have risen 40 percent since the start of the year.
Skyrocketing fuel prices make people angry. How angry you ask?
- Truck drivers in Spain started an indefinite strike on Monday, threatening to bring the entire country to a standstill. A growing number of gas stations have reported to have run out of fuel as a result, and supplies of fresh food are running low.
- From Portugal to Italy, commercial fishermen have protested rising fuel prices by blockading ports and refineries
- Last Thursday, more than 500 motorcyclists staged a “go-slow” demonstration outside Manchester, UK.
- Over in Asia, angry Indian consumers burned tires and blocked traffic after the government raised fuel prices. The protests shut down schools and businesses in West Bengal State.
- In Hong Kong, 500 buses and trucks colluded to bring traffic to a standstill in the central city.
- Enraged by the government’s recent 41-percent fuel price hike, Malaysians have planned a nationwide strike and a major demonstration in Kuala Lumpur on July 12.
- Truck drivers in Thailand are threatening to wreak traffic-havoc next week by clogging the roads with 400,000 trucks.
- In South Korea, truck drivers threatened to strike on Monday, ignoring the $10.2 billion government aid package designed to cushion the impact of soaring fuel prices.
What other angry reactions have you heard about?