Bus service cut, flights canceled during strike in Brazil

Bus service cut, flights canceled during strike in Brazil
Striking truckers protest rising fuel costs as they stand on a truck with a sign that reads in Portuguese "Prison for all the criminal politicians, Military Intervention now!" on the highway BR-040 in Duque de Caxias, Brazil, Friday, May 25, 2018. Thousands of Brazilian truckers angry over fuel price hikes blocked roads on Friday, the fifth day of a strike that led thousands of schools to shutter, long lines to form at gas stations and several flights to be canceled. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Bus and metro services in several Brazilian cities have been reduced and several flights have been cancelled as a truckers’ strike enters its sixth day.

Brazil’s public security ministry issued a statement Saturday saying that about 20 percent of more than 500 areas where truckers had been blocking the roads have been cleared.

But that doesn’t mean truckers are returning to work.

The truckers are protesting hikes in diesel prices and demanding higher pay.

On Thursday, the government and several transportation unions said they reached an agreement to suspend the strike for 15 days to negotiate a solution. But thousands of truckers continue striking

On Friday, President Michel Temer authorized the use of military force. So far, security forces have not moved against truckers.