Lorry drivers who support Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's personal quest against the Federal Superior Court (STF) Thursday agreed to lift the road blockades they had set up in at least 15 states.
Brazilian lorry drivers were placing their vehicles to block the country's main roads in the sign of protest as well as in support of President Jair Bolsonaro after Tuesday's speeches during the Independence Day celebrations.
Paraguayan lorry drivers and authorities from the Government's National Directorate of Transport (Dinatrán) have reached an agreement among all parties involved, which resulted in the lifting of the road blockades and other measures encouraged by the truckers' union.
Despite Tuesday's announcements, Paraguayan truckers and national authorities failed to close a deal Wednesday and road blockades are to continue pending a new meeting scheduled for Thursday.
The conflict which nearly cost Paraguay's interior minister Arnaldo Giuzzio his job seems to be about to be solved, according to Tuesday's developments.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Tuesday he would suspend a tax on diesel fuel, to try and placate truckers, but the government would instead hike taxes on banks to offset lost revenue.
Brazil independent truckers strike got off on Monday to a weak start because of internal divisions on how to protest fuel prices. The government said traffic was flowing freely on all of the country's highways far from fears of a repeat of the 2018 protest that disrupted food and fuel supplies.
Chilean truckers said on Wednesday they would lift a seven-day strike that has damaged supply chains and raised fears for food and commodities exports, following a deal with the government. Jose Villagran, vice president of the National Confederation of the Chilean Cargo Transport (CNTC), said the strike would end at 3 p.m. local time.
The Chilean government on Monday threatened to invoke a state security law to penalize striking truck drivers blocking arterial routes and damaging supply chains after talks between the two sides broke down.
The government of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced on Tuesday a financial package aimed at staving off a potential truckers' strike. Chief of Staff Onyx Lorenzoni said the Brazilian Development Bank will be providing US$ 128 million in credit to truckers and that the Ministry of Infrastructure will spend US$ 514 million on improving roads.