Bus Drivers Strike in Mozambique Over Fuel Price Hikes

Bus drivers in Mozambique halted operations Monday amid a record-high fuel price increase.

Centro Para Democracia e Desenvolvimento, a non-governmental organization in Mozambique’s capital, Maputo, said the police responded to commotions in bus terminals. The NGO said the police fired tear gas to disperse people blocking the traffic in a bus station.

Bus operations were stopped entirely in the Zimpeto terminal, leaving passengers stranded.

The Mozambican government has increased diesel prices by 11 percent and gasoline by 4.4 percent effective Saturday.

Transport operators have demanded the government allow the increase in passenger fares amid the fuel price hikes.

In June, two fuel distribution companies cut fuel supply to retail markets, pressuring the government to raise fuel prices. The companies said they could not continue selling fuel at a loss and wanted to gain positive profit.

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