Do you protest at the protestors?

The main World Have Your Say debate today is about how to react to high fuel prices, but I’d also be interested to hear your views about the protests. Thousands of lorry drivers in Spain have been blocking roads been France and Spain because they say the price of diesel is crippling them. People have already been queueing up for petrol, And there have been long lines at supermarkets. Do you think the truckers have a right to make their protest in this way? Or are they just stopping other people going about their business?

13 Responses to “Do you protest at the protestors?”

  1. 1 Brett
    June 9, 2008 at 14:31

    They have every right to protest. It is their livelyhood at risk. They are not servants for the rest of society. They have needs and wants too and when those are compromised they have every right to stand up. Just like we have the right to protest against them 🙂
    The whole thing then would remind me of PCU haha.

  2. 2 steve
    June 9, 2008 at 14:37

    @ Brett

    They are blocking roads, what the other taxpayers are paying for, denying them use of it. They should be arrested and should pay money to other taxpayers for denying them use of the road.

  3. 3 Tino
    June 9, 2008 at 14:46

    @ Brett

    Nice PCU reference, that is hilarious – I should watch that movie again, been a while.

    @ Steve

    Protesters regularly block the streets, plenty of anti-war protests have done so and no one has received the punishments you suggest.

  4. June 9, 2008 at 14:52

    rising fuel price is a global.fuel prices are rising globally and soon we will be seeing it’s impact all over world.Here in Nepal government is getting ready to raise the price of petrolium product very soon.Rise in petrol price will have impact in price other things also as it is involved in transportation.It is very hard to raise the price of petrolium price in poor countries .People will come to road in protest of it.Here in Nepal people have to que in long lines to get petrol .so government all around world have to come together and take dicission very soon otherwise world will very bsoon face up will protest all around world.

  5. 5 Will Rhodes
    June 9, 2008 at 15:11

    While I don’t deny anyone’s right to protest I think they are protesting about the wrong thing!

    I think if you take a look at the blank page you will see my views on who I know to be liable for the current problem with oil prices, OPEC, the oil companies and the very governments that these protesters are protesting to.

    The standard answer they will get is that the government cannot do anything about the price of oil – which they can’t. They could reduce the tax on petrol – but they won’t do that either for their view is that the high cost is having a positive environmental effect so they are doing their job on bringing down carbon footprints. This doesn’t, of course, address the fact that oil is going to go down and people will return to larger more polluting vehicles in the future.

    What these protesters should be protesting about is the excess of revenue that governments are now getting should be invested in alternative fuels in the near future with an eye on sustainable fuel in the long term.

    The causality of the protest is the reliance on oil – that is the branch that should be broken.

  6. 6 Anthony
    June 9, 2008 at 15:50

    If someone has the right to block public streets, then I feel I have the right to mace them, smack them around a bit, and maybe shoot some homemade mustard gas at them if they don’t get out of my way.

    -Anthony, LA, CA

  7. June 9, 2008 at 16:13

    Generally, it’s ordinary civilians who are usaully at the tail end of backlash of strikes like these. But the authorities are made to understand that if they people suffer, they will get the backlash during elections so it’s in the best interest of authorities to act pronto.

  8. 8 Vijay srao
    June 9, 2008 at 18:37

    President G.W.Bush (Oilman) VP Dick Cheney (Mr.Military Industrial Compex)have got what they want high oil prices and a war with massive future potential earnings.
    Fuel is taxed too high.
    Lower the price and use it up.

  9. 9 Justin in Iowa
    June 9, 2008 at 18:47

    I protest the lack of foresight behind their protest. All it does is turns everyone else against them. Pass the pound, dollar, whatever up the line and make the consumers pay for the extra cost. Do it across the board, organize.

  10. 10 Brett
    June 10, 2008 at 12:29

    What these protesters should be protesting about is the excess of revenue that governments are now getting should be invested in alternative fuels in the near future with an eye on sustainable fuel in the long term.

    Three cheers for Will!!!

  11. 11 Mark
    June 11, 2008 at 00:34

    What irony when people get the same ill fate they wished on others. Many Europeans insisted that the US agree to make huge sacrifices in energy consumption that would destroy its economy but here we see it is they who are forced to cut back and experience the pain. Didn’t they know what real CO2 footprint reduction is about? Now they will find out from first hand experience. This is just the beginning. Meanwhile, Americans will have their own problems paying for fuel to heat and air condition their homes and gas up their cars. They will have far less money to buy cheap textiles, toys, and electronics from China. It will be interesting to see how they react. I predict Europe and China will both go broke, the inevitable result of their own shortsightedness.

  12. 12 Mark
    June 11, 2008 at 12:23

    Listening to PMQT last week it caught my ear that Gordo used the word “gas” not petrol. Now that’s what I call progress. OK all you out there, repeat after me; A not I, oh not ow, don’t say lorry say “truck.” It’s not easy training poodles, you have to be patient but in the end it’s usually worth it. Tony was a relatively easy and promising student and as a result he lasted a full ten years as PM. I don’t know about this one though, he seems particularly stubborn. We’ll have to fix that somehow.

  13. 13 Rob
    June 12, 2008 at 07:30

    I think the people responsible for the current situation in Spain’s truck strike are the Multi National Companies and the Politicians.

    This problem is not isolated to Spain as similar situations exist all over the world.

    Each time the price of fuel goes up the Multi National Companies are fast to put up the price of their goods but in turn do not compensate people down the chain ie Truckies , farmers etc. So as poeple get hit hard the Multi National Companies and their rich share holders and owners get fatter and richer.

    Most Farmers and Truckies and other small businesses have had no real increase in their wages for many years. But politicians regularily get increases for example in Austrlia politicians have just given themselves a 4% increase.

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