From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Nigerian unions launch petrol price strike
Monday 09 January 2012
by Tom Mellen
Nigeria’s organised workers launched an open-ended general strike today to demand that the government restore petrol subsidies.
Trade unions led huge rallies despite a police crackdown that killed at least three people.
Over 10,000 took to the streets of commercial capital Lagos, where a furious crowd carried the body of a protester shot dead by police.
In Kano another two died and at least 31 people were wounded when security officers used tear gas and fired into massive crowds.
Protesters in Lagos waved placards bearing an effigy of President Goodluck Jonathan which read: “Remove corruption, not subsidies.”
Protesters also took to the streets in force in Abuja.
Petrol prices have risen from 29 pence to upwards of 61p a litre since Mr Jonathan’s administration scrapped the fuel subsidy on January 1.
That has triggered food and transport price rises across a country of more than 160 million people, most of whom live on less than £1.30 a day.
On Sunday members of the House of Representatives asked the president to suspend the subsidy removal, while the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) confirmed that they would strike.
NLC president Abduwaheed Omar and his TUC counterpart Peter Esele called on members to ensure that “all offices, plants, banks, facilities at the airports and seaports, oil and gas installations should be closed to business for as long as the strike lasts.”
In a joint statement Mr Omar and Mr Esele said they hoped Mr Jonathan would “listen to the voice of the Nigerian people by immediately suspending the fuel price hikes and allowing dialogue and consultation on the issue of fuel subsidy removal.”
The unions said the strike would go on until the government “reverts to the pre-January 1 2012 price of petrol.”
And they reminded citizens and the government that “the right to peaceful protest is a fundamental one which no institution or force can abridge.”
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