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Manila Students Blocked by Police From Marching On Presidential Palace in Fuel Protest
MANILA, Philippines – Anti-riot cops, backed by firetrucks, blocked students and members of militant groups trying to get to Mendiola on Friday to protest the almost weekly rise in fuel prices. The protesters voluntarily dispersed shortly after the firefighters showered them over their heads with a warning stream of water.
The protesters had come from nearby Plaza Miranda, in Sta. Cruz, where they staged a program denouncing the administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for allowing the fuel price hikes. At around, 5 p.m. they started marching towards Mendiola, historically a site of many anti-administration protests, because it is near Malacañang, the seat of executive power.
Earlier, many of the students walked out from their classes in schools at the so-called University Belt to join the protest. The Philippines government is seeking an urgent meeting with the heads of local oil refiners next week following a big rise in fuel prices on Saturday, officials said.
Protesting truck drivers form long convoys in Germany
Berg, Germany – Fuel price protests reached Germany Saturday, with truck drivers rumbling in long convoys of heavy vehicles along autobahns Saturday to demand cuts in Germany’s tax on diesel fuel. Police said the various convoys which converged on a private truck stop at Berg, on the northern edge of Bavaria state, had totalled 10 kilometres in length. They did not block traffic but did cause tailbacks as other vehicles waited to pass the big rigs.
An estimated 300 trucks from eastern regions took part in the “diesel demo.”
The drivers demanded tax cuts and also protested at low pay for drivers and grim conditions on state-run highway truck stops.
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