Truckers and farmers block roads into Brussels to protest high fuel prices

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The Associated Press / June 18, 2008
Belgian farmers drive their tractors into Brussels on Wednesday June 18, 2008. Hundreds of farmers, truckers and taxi drivers blocked roads into the center of Brussels on the eve of an EU summit to push leaders for help coping with skyrocketing fuel prices. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo) BRUSSELS, Belgium: Hundreds of farmers, truckers and taxi drivers blocked roads in and around Brussels on the eve of an EU summit to push leaders for help coping with skyrocketing fuel prices.Convoys of taxis farm tractors and truckers blocked parts of Brussels’ inner ring road Wednesday, wreaking traffic havoc. Police said they expected some 1,000 protesting vehicles in central Brussels.
Hundreds of tractors are parked in central Brussels during a demonstration by farmers June 18, 2008.

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Farmers were also handing out free vegetables and meat at a downtown square. The protesters – echoing recent demonstrations elsewhere in Europe and around the world – argue that the high fuel prices threaten their livelihoods. They are demanding that EU governments step in with subsidies to ease the sting of higher prices. [For the rest, go here.]

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