COUNTRY PARALYZED AS TRUCKERS GO ON STRIKE
GOVERNMENT THREATENS TO SEND IN ARMY
Brazil fuel protests: Drivers to clear roads over army threat
Highways around São Paulo have been blocked
>One of the main groups behind a fuel strike paralysing Brazil has told truckers to clear roads after President Temer threatened to send in the army.
>The Abcam drivers' association said the threat of force was "lamentable" and said it feared for its members' safety.
>Earlier Mr Temer said a "radical minority" had rejected an agreement reached on Thursday and was holding the population hostage.
>Diesel prices in Brazil have nearly doubled since 2016.
>The strike has brought the country to a standstill, with queues at petrol stations, airports running out of fuel and supermarket shelves empty.
>What did President Temer say?
>He said he had authorised federal security forces to clear highways and told state governors to do the same.
>A minority of drivers was preventing "many truckers from carrying out their wishes to serve the people and do their jobs", he said.
>They "did not have the right to paralyse the nation", he added.
>Abcam, which says it represents 600,000 drivers, told drivers to allow transportation to return to normal.
>It said it still wanted drivers to protest, but said this should be done peacefully and without blocking roads.
>Abcam was the driving force behind the blockades, which began on Monday.
>On Thursday the government said it had reached a deal to scrap fuel taxes and maintain a 10% reduction in pump prices for a month in return for the protests being suspended for 15 days.
>But Abcam initially rejected the deal and told its members to stay "firm" in their protest until the fuel tax cutPost too long. Click here to view the full text.