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BRAZIL TRIES TO NORMALIZE THE SUPPLY IN THE MIDDLE OF A STRIKE THAT DOES NOT END

Sao Paulo / Brazil continues to try to normalize the supply of basic products, such as fuel, in the midst of the truckers’ strike which reached its ninth day despite the reduction in blockades.

On Tuesday, the stoppage ceded again after the agreement reached on Sunday with the Government to reduce the price of diesel, but thousands of trucks are still parked throughout the country to demand more measures.

The Minister of the Presidency, Eliseu Padilha, admitted that “the supply has doubled” in the last two days and that most of the truckers are returning to work, which has allowed the shortage of basic products to be reduced.

In spite of the advances, the disturbances continued in great part of the country, due especially to the lack of fuel in many gas stations and to the kilo-metric rows that the drivers have to face in those stations where gasoline or diesel arrives.

The truckers’ strike in protest at high fuel prices has left the country on the verge of collapse, because Brazil is one of the countries in the world that depends most on roads.

Before the chaos established, the Government has yielded to the pressure of the truckers’ union and on Sunday reached an agreement to end the strike in exchange for a further reduction in the price of diesel in the refineries, but the announcement was not enough to end the stoppage.

Padilha admitted that “there is still a long way to go to speak of normality” and attributed the pickets which remain on some of the country’s roads to the action of “infiltrators” who, “in many cases, are not even truck drivers.”

In addition to the effects of stoppage, the Executive is remaking its accounts to compensate for the millionaire expenses that the agreed subsidy will bring to lower the value of diesel in the refineries.

In addition to the truckers’ strike, the Government will have another open front tomorrow, as the unions of workers of oil companies in Brazil announced that they will enter a 72-hour “warning” strike from this Wednesday.

From Sao Paulo, Naiara Bashke reported to EFE. (May 30, 2018, EFE/Practica Español)

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En la noticia se dice que...  
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el Gobierno brasileño logró poner fin definitivamente a una huelga de camioneros.
B
los camioneros continúan secundando los paros en Brasil.
C
ningún camionero está secundando los paros en Brasil.
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Esos camioneros comenzaron la huelga...  
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a causa de la caída del precio del diésel en Brasil.
B
ya que el precio del combustible era muy elevado.
C
ya que había una escasez de combustible.
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En el texto se dice que...  
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no hubo problemas con el abastecimiento de productos a causa de esta huelga.
B
esta huelga apenas ha tenido un impacto negativo en el país.
C
esta huelga de camioneros ha afectado seriamente al país.
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Según la noticia...  
A
de forma paulatina el país se está abasteciendo de nuevo después de que se alcanzase un acuerdo.
B
el país no llegó a tener ningún problema con el abastecimiento de productos básicos.
C
todos los camioneros volvieron a transportar productos antes de que llegaran a un acuerdo.
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Los camioneros anunciaron que la huelga continuará tres días más.  
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Así es.
B
Para nada.
C
No se sabe.
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