Truckers strike in Chile, in new challenge to government

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Truck drivers in Chile are staging a strike to demand an end to highway tolls, posing a new challenge to a government struggling to ease public anger after days of deadly unrest over economic hardship.

Hundreds of trucks on Friday drove slowly on a main highway that skirts the capital of Santiago, where stone-throwing protesters have fought riot police for more than a week. Some Chileans in cars and motorcycles joined the protest against the tolls on private roads.

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At least 18 people have died in the turmoil that has swept the South American nation. The unrest began as a protest over a 4-cent increase in subway fares and soon morphed into a larger movement over growing inequality in one of Latin America’s wealthiest countries.

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