Cyprus: petrol strike threatens to cause chaos, hit economy

04 January, 14:19

(ANSAmed) - NICOSIA, JANUARY 4 - Petrol stations in Cyprus began an indefinite strike this morning to protest against new permits being issued for more garages, causing long queues as drivers rushed to fill up before pumps closed. The strike, as Cyprus mail notes, is set to cause widespread disruption if prolonged and comes at unwelcome time for the islands sluggish economy, which is on the verge of bankruptcy.

Petrol station owners are demanding that all new licenses for the opening of new stations are frozen until the new relevant regulations are passed by the House of Representatives. The President of the Association Stefanos Stefanou issued an announcement last night saying that the Executive Committee of the Association has made every effort to convince competent authorities, the parliament and other bodies, to accept their demand with no positive response. Therefore, the Association will proceed to the implementation of its decision to shut down all petrol stations across Cyprus as of Friday, January 4.



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