Border closed by fuel protests

THE GUADIANA Bridge which links Portugal and Spain in the Algarve reopened at lunchtime on Friday (June 6) following its closure by fuel protesters.

The bridge had been closed at 10am by a blockade of Spanish fishermen protesting against the high cost of fuel.

Huelva police told Portuguese news agency Lusa that around 80 fishermen were involved in the blockade of the bridge which links Vila Real de Santo António and Ayamonte.

The protest was allegedly organised by fishermen who arrived in two coaches from Isla Cristina and Punta del Mural, in southern Spain.

According to Lusa, an eyewitness said that protesters had been waving banners with slogans praising French President Nicola Sarkozy’s calls for there to be a Europe-wide tax reduction in the cost of fuel.