Chilean Strike Impacts Thousands of Travelers

19 January 2011

After Chile announced a 17 percent fuel price increase to take place on February 1st, approximately 50 Chilean transportation workers have used their vehicles to block access to a major Southern airport, cutting off thousands of travelers in Punta Arenas. reports:

The airport in Punta Arenas remains open, said airport spokeswoman Andrea Bahamonde, though travelers trying to leave the country continue to face difficulties reaching it...

Interior Minister Rodrigo Hinzpeter said the government has decided to take legal action using what he described as an internal security law.

The country is still reeling from a massive earthquake last year that buckled roads, collapsed buildings and bridges, and left parts of Concepcion, Chile's second most populous city, without power for weeks.

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