05/27/2018 (Sun) 01:34:40
Diesel prices were raised last week. As trucks haul over 60% of all cargo in the country, this effectively means a price increase on all goods. Backed by their employers (who stand to profit a lot if this strike were successful; because of their participation, this event has been called a lockout) and most of society, truckers responded last Monday with a nationwide strike and blockades on hundreds of highways, effectively choking all production and consumption and achieving a general strike's level of economic disruption with just a tiny number of participants.
For the first few days, nothing changed except for an exponential increase in gasoline prices. But by Thursday-Friday, massive lines were forming on gas stations for what limited fuel there was left, the absence of transport slowed down production and panic buying set in. Nevertheless, people carried on with their lives and pretended humongous shortages aren't imminent.
The federal government brokered a deal with the strikers, but most ignored it anyway. It then went for the hard response; courts ruled the obstructions illegal and handed fines whilst police and the army cleared highways and used their limited logistical capabilities to refuel some gas stations, weakening the strike.
Right now we're just twiddling our thumbs and waiting for a deal to arrive before chaos sets in.
Right now the shortages are getting stronger: hospitals are running short of medical supplies, bus lines are running at low capacity, a black market for fuel grows, planes are grounded, producers are discarding their goods, and a wide number of schools, universities and industries are closing next Monday.