SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) - More than 30,000 truck
drivers in the Dominican Republic are staging a 24-hour strike to protest a government proposal to raise the fuel tax.
The shutdown that began Tuesday is expected to cause more than $16 million in losses for the Caribbean nation.
Union leader Blas Peralta says drivers for the National Dominican Transportation Federation move about 90 percent of the country's food, merchandise and fuel.
Strikers parked hundreds of trucks on a main avenue in the capital of Santo Domingo, but did not try to block traffic.
The government is debating whether to adjust the fuel tax upward every three months for inflation.
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