Truck Drivers Strike

Sep 2, 2020

On 1 September 2020, truck drivers entered day six of an indefinite nationwide strike to protest the increasing frequency of acts of violence affecting the restive province of Araucania after talks with government officials broke down the previous day. Leaders of the Confederation of Chilean Cargo Transport (CNTC) — with support from agricultural and logging unions — are demanding a “whole-of-government” approach to dealing with insecurity in central Chile. A demonstrator supporting the strike was fatally hit by a truck near the city of Curicó, located in the region of Maule in central Chile, on the morning of 1 September. If the strike continues, authorities have threatened to invoke a state security law to penalize drivers blocking major routes and damaging supply chains. On 31 August, the minister of agriculture stated that two of the country’s 16 regions were experiencing supply chain problems, while access had slowed to the Port of San Antonio, a major export point for fruit, salmon and copper.

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