Border closes

SPANISH FISHERMEN and lorry drivers, protesting against the high cost of fuel, closed the border between Portugal and Spain on Friday.

Traffic was halted between the two countries because the Guadiana bridge had been blocked by around 80 Spanish fishermen and lorry drivers, protesting over the high cost of fuel. Castro Marim GNR told The Resident: “The bridge was blocked on the Spanish side. There was nothing we could do because the protest was not on Portuguese soil.”

This protest was 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 were waving banners with slogans praising France’s President, Nicola Sarkozy’s calls for there to be a Europe-wide tax reduction in the cost of fuel.

The border reopened later the same day and ordinary vehicles are now being allowed across the Guadiana Bridge as normal.

However, at the time the Resident went to press on Wednesday, very few lorries were circulating on the roads.

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