- Title: EL SALVADOR: RISING OIL AND TRANSPORT COSTS LEAD TO STUDENT DEMONSTRATIONS
- Date: 6th July 2005
- Summary: (BN17) SAN SALVADOR, EL SALVADOR (JULY 06, 2005) (REUTERS) 1. VARIOUS OF STUDENTS THROWING ROCKS AT POLICE OFFICERS 0.13 2. PAN TO RIOT POLICE 0.18 3. VARIOUS OF PROTESTORS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD, THROWING MISSILES 0.30 4. PAN TO LINE OF RIOT POLICE FIRING TEAR GAS/ RUBBER BULLETS 0.39 5. PAN TO PROTESTORS CROUCHED IN ROAD WITH SCARVES OVER FACES 0.50 6. PAN TO RIOT POLICE FIRING 0.54 7. VARIOUS OF PROTESTORS BEHIND BUS PARKED ACROSS ROAD 1.04 8. VARIOUS OF (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) UNIDENTIFIED HOODED PROTESTER, SAYING: "If the government is shambles enough to make us pay the prices of fuel like industrialized nations, like Germany, France, Great Britain, it should have the dignity of taking the measures that are taken in those countries of subsidizing half the student fare." 1.13 9. WIDE OF PROTESTERS SETTING BUS ON FIRE 1.32 10. VARIOUS OF PROTESTORS AND MEDIA WATCHING BUS ON FIRE 1.43 11. VARIOUS OF BUS ON FIRE/ FLAMES SMOKE 1.56 12. PAN ALONG BURNT OUT BUS /CLOSE OF FLAMES FROM WINDOW 2.08 13. SLV PROTESTORS RUNNING PAST BURNING BUS 2.17 14. SCU MASKED PROTESTOR (NO TRANSCRIPT) 2.32 15. VARIOUS OF POLICE CHASING AFTER AND CAPTURING PROTESTERS 2.57 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 21st July 2005 13:00
- Location: SAN SALVADOR, EL SALVADOR
- Country: El Salvador
- Reuters ID: LVABP8UP664OW6ZG0BT7VRQ0GDD9
- Story Text: Rising oil prices spark violence in El Salvador.
Dozens of Salvadoran students clashed with police
on Wednesday (July 06) in a protest over oil and
transportation prices in the capital city of San Salvador.
University and secondary students were protesting near
the University of El Salvador over an increase in bus
prices caused by rising world oil prices.
On July 1, public transportation prices rose 20 percent
after negotiations between local businessmen and the
Salvadoran government failed. Protesters said the federal
government should subsidize the fees
"If the government is shameless enough to make us pay
the prices of fuel like industrialized nations, like
Germany, France, Great Britain, it should have the dignity
of taking the measures that are taken in those countries of
subsidizing half the student fare," said one hooded
El Salvador President Elias Antonio Saca said his
administration is willing to subsidize 40 cents per gallon
Protesters also set a bus on fire and at least 150 riot
police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at the crowd,
injuring at least five protesters and detaining another
Similar protests rocked the capital of neighbouring
Nicaragua earlier in the Spring. Crude prices are blamed
for rising inflation in Central America.
Oil closed traded above US $61 on per barrel on
Wednesday, a new record.
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