While American Consumers Grumble About Fuel Costs, the Rest of the World Protests

by on July 9, 2008 · 0 comments

in Civil Disobedience, Civil Rights, Energy, Labor, Organizing, World News

Protests against high fuel costs in other parts of the world have not gone away. Mainstream media continue to ignore, suppress, and censor the news from around the globe of other peoples’ protests. Here are some current stories:

MALAYSIA: 35,000 Defy Police Ban to Attend Rally Against Fuel Price Hike

By Hazlin Hassan

Despite police warnings to stay away from what was branded an “illegal” rally, thousands attended the July 6 all-day rally against the fuel price hike. There were around 10,000 through most of the day but up to 35,000 at night.KELANA JAYA, SELANGOR – THOUSANDS of Malaysians yesterday staged a rally ostensibly against inflation, but the turnout was prompted just as much by bitter political bickering that has upset many.

The day-long event was capped by a fiery address by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim before a crowd of 15,000, calling for a debate with Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi and his deputy, Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak, over the government’s decision to raise fuel prices by 41per cent last month. [Go here for more.]

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SOUTH AFRICA: Fuel price marches hit – unions say they will stage a national strike in August

South African unionists march against fuel costs July 9th.Trade unionists in South Africa have been taking to the streets to protest at the rising costs of fuel and food. The day of action in Kwa-Zulu Natal and Western Cape provinces was organised by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu).

Cosatu plans to stage two more protests in other provinces before organising a nationwide walkout in August. Unions complain that high energy costs and unemployment are exacerbating poverty and pushing up food prices. [Go here for more.]

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COSTA RICA: Truck Drivers Protest High Gas Prices

Slow Moving Trucks Blocked Traffic to Protest Gas Prices in Costa Rica.High gas prices have severely affected the world around us, making everyone’s commute more costly, goods more expensive, and life’s commodities reach prices never before known. It’s hard for us all, but for some, it’s worse. Indeed, Costa Rica’s fleet of commercial truck drivers have been feeling the heat, and yesterday, they decided to do something about it.

Many times, Costa Rica’s reputation for peace extends to protests staged due to civil discontent. Taxi drivers strike by refusing to pick anyone up for a day. Politicos walk the streets with colorful signs, making their voices heard about the latest referendum, and truck drivers, fed up with business-crippling and record-high fuel prices, block off the streets, causing hours of traffic jams and backups. [Go here for more.]

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