Strike over fuel
In South Korea, truckers and other cargo transport workers have gone on strike, demanding lower fuel prices and higher rates for hauling freight.
The Korea Cargo Transport Workers' Union began an indefinite strike on Friday. The union has about 13,000 members and 5,000 vehicles nationwide.
Drivers used trucks to block roads near the southern port of Pusan.
The union says that while diesel prices have gone up 6-fold in the last decade, the rates for hauling freight have barely changed.
The South Korean government said it is deliberating tax cuts for low-income families and lowering the gasoline tax, to cope with the surge in crude prices.
The government says, however, that it will halt fuel price subsidies for vehicles that are taking part in the strike.
South Korea relies completely on imports for its crude oil. Gasoline prices are the equivalent of nearly 2 dollars per liter, and prices of consumer goods have been rising as well.