Brazilian Military Deployed To Break Up Trucking Strike As State Of Emergency Worsens

A nationwide trucking strike in Brazil entered day six on Saturday, as blocked roads have prevented critical food and supplies from reaching their destinations.

The protests, triggered by a 50% spike in fuel prices over the last year, have resulted in the declaration of a state of emergency across most major cities as shelves run bare and fuel supplies dwindle. Airports have reported running out of fuel, hospitals are running out of supplies, and public transport and trash collection have been reduced or halted across the country. Some food prices have also spiked as supplies dwindle. As we noted on Friday, a lack of livestock feed threatens a billion chickens and 20 million pigs who may starve to death.

Brazilian export group ABPA said that over 150 poultry and pork processing plants had indefinitely suspended production, while Brazil's sugar industry - the world's largest - is slowly halting cane harvest operations as their machines run out of fuel.

Despite a Thursday agreement with the truckers and the Friday deployment of the military to physically unblock roads, the government has only reported a few blockades being lifted on major highways. 

In an attempt to end the dispute, oil company Petrobas cut the price of diesel by 10% for two weeks - however all that did was scare investors. The truckers were not impressed, considering that they've been subject to fuel price increases of around 50% over the last year.

Petrobras shares plunged after the announcement and are down at least 20 percent this week, leading losses in the Ibovespa index, which has lost 4.3 percent in the period. That pushed the stock market’s monthly drop to 7.7 percent, one of the worst performers among major global benchmarks. -Bloomberg

The main entity representing truckers, ABCAM, said they haven't changed their stance - and that they will call off protests only after federal diesel taxes are scrapped

truckers say they want a definitive solution, saying they will end the protest only when a decision to eliminate federal diesel taxes is published in the official gazette.

Local TV showed footage of federal forces being deployed over the night to some critical areas to help police remove trucks from highways.

There were no reports of violence, but main roads remained blocked in the morning, including a key transport ring around Sao Paulo, the country's largest city. -Yahoo

Brazil's auto production, which constitutes around 25% of industrial output, also ground to a halt on Friday. Authorities say that even after the strike ends, it will take several days to replenish vital supplies. 


Escrava Isaura DownWithYogaPants Sun, 05/27/2018 - 08:50 Permalink


‘If you criticize policy, you are anti-American. That only happens in dictatorships’ – Noam Chomsky

For example, if someone in Italy, let’s say criticizing the Berlusconi government – they are not accused of being anti-Italian. In the old Soviet Union you could be condemned for being anti-Soviet, in the Brazilian military dictatorship you could be anti-Brazilian. But aside from the US, I don’t know any other non-totalitarian, non-authoritarian country where the concept even exists. That’s a very striking concept. If you’re critical of policy – you’re anti-American. Actually, this has a very interesting Biblical origin.  The first use of this concept was by King Ahab, who was the King of the ultimate evil in the Bible. He called Prophet Elijah to him and asked him why he was a hater of Israel, meaning condemning the acts of the evil king. That’s basic concept: if you challenge authority, you’re opposed to the society, the culture and the community.

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TonyRUs Escrava Isaura Sun, 05/27/2018 - 09:05 Permalink

But aside from the US, I don’t know any other non-totalitarian, non-authoritarian country where the concept even exists.

What makes you think the US is non-totalitarian, non-authoritarian? That's not rhetorical. Give me one characteristic of an authoritarian society that the US does not have? (even though in the US it may be a slightly different form, making it less obvious than in a full dictatorship)


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Escrava Isaura TonyRUs Sun, 05/27/2018 - 09:58 Permalink

What the US is or is not is not the issue.

Here’s the issue:

nmewn: Just look for the union label on the skin ;-)

Then, yoga pants try to correct or remind mewn:

DownWithYogaPants: This strike is something the USA has lost.  We sit passively as our government takes our rights away.


Can you see both being wrong? Well, to be fair to yoga pants that comment is half right.


The problem with the US government is that they don’t issue the money even that they issue lots of debt to compensate for the lack of the private sector job creation. The problem is that the dollar is private money which corrupts the government and the economy. However, the conservatives love to blame the workers even that it hurts them. Workers wanted good pay is why Trump’s MAGA won.


Also, capitalism can only survive if there’s a perception by the general public that they live in a free and democratic non-authoritarian society. If that lie is to be found out there will be a revolution by tomorrow morning.  


Capitalism is like religion, it can only survive if no one challenges it.

Morals and government can be challenged, as they should.


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nmewn Escrava Isaura Sun, 05/27/2018 - 10:56 Permalink

If you are going to put words in my mouth you better make damned sure you're correct about it Escrava.

My comment was that the strike is hurting only common Brazilians and his was (if I read him correctly) a lamentation that our government does the same by trying to strip citizens of their rights through taxation, namely to make a decent living. 

The truckers are demanding the BRAZILIAN GOVERNMENT rollback the the doubling of the diesel fuel tax it implemented in July of last year from R$0.2480 (USD$.07) to R$0.4615 (USD$.15) per liter at refineries. You should know this as a dual citizen Brazilian.

The strike was caused by the Brazilian government Escrava. 

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nmewn Escrava Isaura Sun, 05/27/2018 - 11:21 Permalink

There is a long running joke in America about union labels being attached to merchandise, it's guaranteed to be higher in price than the same merchandise without the label, which is a consequence of, manufacturers simply passing it's higher labor costs on to the consumer.

Any reputable economist will say that the consumer pays these additional costs (not a corporation) until he/she is blue in the face and passes out from a lack of oxygen to any prog/socialist but just can't seem get simple facts through that thick of a skull.    

Is that clear enough? ;-)

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Chupacabra-322 Mazzy Sun, 05/27/2018 - 11:06 Permalink

@ Mazzy,


Political Zionism:

The social movement which creates and sustains the physical nation of Isreal.  The driver for World Government through Isreal in the tradition of the Heretical Frankist Jews. 

This definition is embodied by The Rothschild family.Not all Jews are political Zionists.  Not all political Zionists are Jews.

The political Zionist movement feeds off Jews in the sameway the the Nazi movement feed off the Germans.

Political Zionism is the greatest enemy of the Jews.


Remember Five points:


1. Isreal will fight to the very last American Soldiers Death.

2. The Zionist screams in Pain as he Stikes you.

3.The Yinon Plan.

4.Operation TALPIOT.

5. Qatari Pipeline Petro Dollar Vs. Russia / China Petro Yaun.


One bright aspect is the Anti-Isreal / Jew Zionist movement is gaining steam.  More & more Individuals are speaking openly against Israel’s War Crimes, False Flag involvements, The Yinon Plan along with Pro Zionist immigrantion policy of migrating Muslim’s &  Arabs to the EU & US without fear of retribution.  Pro migration policy which supports territory boarder expansion via the Yinon Plan & ethnic cleansing & migration of Arabs & Muslim’s. 

Not to mention the Billions in US foreign aid, AIPAC, ZioNeoConFascist NGO’s & dual Israeli Citizen’s which hold Political Office in CONgress.  Which must be outlawed.  


That said. the Pure Evil Santanic Lucerferian’s are already attempting & countering by passing “Laws” in the US & Zionist Israel persecuting those who speak of their Crimes or are Anti Isreal.  


This position has been brought under the spotlight by the news that the municipality of Dickinson, in Texas, demanded that people agree to not boycott Israel as a pre-condition to qualify for relief funds after hurricane Harvey. This is not an independent action taken by Dickinson, however, but merely an initiative to comply with a Texas state law, which came into effect on Sept. 1, and requires companies and individuals taking on state contracts and disposing of public funds to sign an affidavit in which they declare not to participate in boycott campaigns against Israel.…


And, just posted here yesterday on ZH.…


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BlowHard same2u Sun, 05/27/2018 - 09:29 Permalink

 clearly you're not an airline pilot for making such an absurd comment.  So with that said let me educate you about my fellow pilots. Quite a few of us are X military and yes are conservative, but not all.   The  pilots Union, though not claiming to be political, most definitely is and this is where you will find your Democrats.    therefore, it's about a 60/40 split in favor of Republican.  Obama did receive a lot of support from pilots in his first election.  Trump did better this time around.   I hope this helps you.

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Moving and Grooving BlowHard Sun, 05/27/2018 - 22:46 Permalink

The level of knowledge and experience, as well as the ability to focus and stay cool, are what has always defined professional pilots for me. Worked with USAF fighter pilots, and have met and known some commercial pilots, and they're all just regular people until they go to work. I think their union, warts and all, has helped make flying safer over the years. How necessary and effective it is now, I don't know.



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Antifaschistische beemasters Sun, 05/27/2018 - 14:42 Permalink

So, as with many other countries....they should be protesting the moneychangers for enslaving their countries with dollar denominated debt, which always has, and always will lead to an erosion of their local currency....but, no...why not pick on a commodity which will NEVER show up to a protest to defend itself.  It's an easy target.   

So, destroy food, which is desperately needed for your fellow protest a hydrocarbon that couldn't care less.

default on your debt, tell the IMF to kiss your ass....and THEN get your country and your currency back on track.

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