SAO PAULO May 29 Hundreds of truck drivers
blocked traffic arriving at southern Brazil's Paranagua port on
Thursday to protest a policy that fines them for parking outside
Shipment of commodities like corn and soybeans was not
affected, the port authority said in a statement, though
protesters burning tires and marching slowed traffic arriving at
the docks for a few hours.
To smooth out the arrival and loading of grains from
Brazil's interior, Paranagua fines drivers parked outside of
designated lots. Authorities at Brazil's largest port, Santos,
adopted a similar practice earlier this year after trucks parked
on the highway blocked traffic and angered beachgoers.
But drivers believe Paranagua authorities have gone too far.
Local authorities have issued more than 80 fines this week
alone, the port authority statement said, citing trucking
The protest in the southern state of Parana comes amid a
wave of strikes and demonstrations across South America's
largest country two weeks before it opens the soccer World Cup.
Bus drivers, professors and police have all walked off the job
or protested for more benefits in recent days.
(Reporting by Caroline Stauffer; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)