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Nigerians protest over fuel price for 2nd day

01-11-2012 07:57 BJT

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In Nigeria, thousands of people demonstrated in the streets of Abuja on the second day of a nationwide strike driven by widespread dissent over spiraling petrol prices.

An estimated 2-thousand demonstrators took to the streets to try to force President Goodluck Jonathan to rescind a removal of subsidies that has doubled the price of petrol.

Demonstrators gather during a protest against the elimination of a popular fuel subsidy that has doubled the price of petrol in Nigeria's capital Abuja, January 10, 2012.

The strike started on Monday by labor unions upset over high fuel prices in Africa’s most populous nation.

On January 1st, Africa’s biggest oil producer scrapped subsidies on imports of motor fuel, which many citizens see as their only welfare benefit.

Since then, petrol prices have doubled to at least 3-point-5 US dollars per gallon. That spurred a spike in food and transportation prices across a country, where most live on less than 2 dollars a day.

Demonstrators protest against the elimination of a popular fuel subsidy that has doubled the price of petrol in Nigeria's capital Abuja, January 10, 2012.

A woman prays during a protest against the elimination of a popular fuel subsidy that has doubled the price of petrol in Nigeria's capital Abuja, January 10, 2012.

Police officers try to extinguish a buring roadblock following a protest over the removal of a fuel subsidy by the government in Lagos, Nigeria, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012.

A police officer tries to extinguish a buring roadblock following a protest over the removal of a fuel subsidy by the government in Lagos, Nigeria, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012.

 

Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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