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Brazil's Truck Strike Peters Out

The Brazilian truckers' protest appeared to have fizzled out Thursday to the relief of the country's grain and meat exporters.

Drivers blocked just one highway, in the northern state of Tocantins, as of 0930 local time, according to highway police.

A federal government offensive against the strikers appears to have been successful -- it tripled the fine for blocking a highway and sanctioned the confiscation of vehicles and suspension of licenses.

It became obvious the protest was politically motivated with the main demand being the ousting of President Dilma Rousseff. None of the main truckers' unions supported the strike.

In February/March, a better-supported two-week truckers strike caused delays to soybean and meat deliveries to port. The latest strike has not really affected corn deliveries.

(CZ)

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