Burkina Faso's Prime Minister Urges Truck Drivers to End Strike

Burkina Faso's Prime Minister Paul Kaba Thieba.

Photographer: Issouf Sanogo/AFP via Getty Images

Burkina Faso’s prime minister urged truck drivers to end a strike that’s halted all goods transports between the country’s two main cities and threatens to cause a fuel shortage.

Prime Minister Paul Kaba Thieba met with truck drivers’ unions and apologized on behalf of his government for remarks made by Security Minister Simon Compaore that triggered the strike, his office said Thursday in an emailed statement.

Trucks are barred from entering or leaving the capital, Ouagadougou, and the second-biggest city, Bobo-Dioulasso, causing a 30 percent increase in the fuel price at several gas stations in the capital. The indefinite strike began Wednesday after Compaore said publicly that policemen who’d beaten up a truck driver at the Togolese border shouldn’t feel guilty.

“We want people to respect truck drivers,” said Adama Ouattara, a truck driver taking part in the strike. “Without us, people would have nothing to eat.”

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