Saturday, February 24

Interior raises to 34 those detained for the strike of carriers and offers escort to more than 1,500 truck convoys

The State Security Forces and Bodies have arrested 34 people and investigated another 353 related to the strike pickets of carriers that began last Monday, as well as escorting 1,505 convoys of trucks with merchandise, according to data offered this Sunday by the Ministry of Interior.

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In addition, until this Sunday at 8:00 a.m., 574 people have also been denounced for violations of the Traffic Law in the framework of the strike.

These figures update the data offered last Friday, when 12 ‘piqueteros’ had been arrested and another 42 were being investigated, on a day in which the Interior mobilized 23,000 Police and Civil Guard agents for the second consecutive day.

The Government reinforced all the devices since Wednesday in the face of problems in the supply chain of goods and food in a context of rising fuel prices that has led to calling a strike by a minority sector of carriers. In addition, he refuses to sit down to negotiate with the organizers of the protest for being “violent” and “ultras in many cases supported by the extreme right”, according to the Minister of Transport, Raquel Sánchez.

The police actions have allowed the seizure of knives and nails used to puncture the trucks. Arrests and identifications have also been made for throwing stones or burning tires against carriers who have not supported the strike.

The strike is already having an impact on many industries, such as dairy or meat, as young farmers from Menasalbas (Toledo) have denounced this Saturday, who suffer from shortages to feed 100,000 heads of beef, according to Efe. In Mercamadrid, the arrival of 27% fewer food supply vehicles was recorded this Saturday than on the same day of the previous week, most of them fruit and vegetables.

The Platform for the Defense of the National and International Road Freight Transport Sector, a minority association that groups mostly autonomous carriers or SMEs, has assured that it will maintain the pressure and has announced “slow marches” next Monday in all the cities.

Next Monday another meeting will take place between the Government and the National Committee for Road Transport (CNTC) to try to find a solution to the problems denounced by the sector and to which the minority Platform, convener of these strikes, has not been invited.