Protesting truck drivers banned from Paris

23rd November 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Nov 23 (AFP) - Hundreds of lorries were converging on Paris Tuesday in a protest by haulers over the rise in fuel prices, but city police chief Jean-Paul Proust said they will not be allowed to demonstrate in their vehicles inside the capital.

PARIS, Nov 23 (AFP) - Hundreds of lorries were converging on Paris Tuesday in a protest by haulers over the rise in fuel prices, but city police chief Jean-Paul Proust said they will not be allowed to demonstrate in their vehicles inside the capital.

The Organisation of European Hauliers (OTRE) said more than 700 lorries were driving towards the French capital from five separate directions and would arrive Wednesday.

However the authorities said the number was much smaller.

In a statement Proust said a planned demonstration would "be a severe disturbance to public order," so he had issued an order "banning the movement, stopping and parking of vehicles taking part in this action."

The OTRE, which represents owners of small and medium-sized haulage businesses, is demanding government help to offset a 25 percent rise in diesel prices in recent months, as well as growing competition from cheaper operators in new EU member states.

© AFP

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