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Shocking Video Of Truck Outrunning Roadblock Is More Complicated Than You Think

On a dark night in northern France near the English channel, a Polish truck driver is doing his normal run. Sigala s Give Me Your Love [1] blares out of the stereo. Out of the darkness, what looks to be a massive tree branch is strewn across the road, and it s surrounded by men holding what look like weapons. It looks like a normal, criminal stickup, but it s way more complicated than that. They re refugees, and they re trying to make their way to Britain. More than a million people have fled to Europe as war in the Middle East drags on, and their destinations vary all over Europe. Most countries in Europe have been relatively easy for them to reach once inside the European Union but the United Kingdom lies outside the passport-free Schengen Area, and the English Channel acts as a veritable moat, keeping people out. The British government has agreed to re-settle up to 20,000 Syrian refugees [2] but so far, that s it. Refugees from other war-torn countries like Eritrea aren t as fortunate even if they embrace the possibility of death over a lifetime of torture [3] in a country sometimes called the North Korea of Africa. [4] Advertisement Nearly 10,000 refugees sit in a camp near Calais, France, known as The Jungle. Running water is intermittent in The Jungle, and lines for showers can stretch for more than six hours, according to Doctors Without Borders [5] . Migrants in The Jungle. Photo credit: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images Most in The Jungle want to get to British soil, where they hope to find jobs and start a new life. Most wait there, doing what they can until approved for re-settlement. Some get tired of waiting, and they take matters into their own hands. A report from the Guardian last month says it s not getting better: Advertisement Verona Murphy, president of Irish Road Haulage Association, who visited the camp last month, said the number of violent attacks against lorry drivers was worse than ever. And the migrants are more brazen than ever. Lorry drivers report being attacked with stones, metal bars and wooden stakes. Joseph Druhan, who has been driving lorries through Calais for more than 40 years, said: It s the worst I ve seen it. He said he seen seen vehicles attacked with bolt cutters, chainsaws and angle grinders by migrants trying to stow away in trucks. It s gotten so bad that last month French truck drivers threatened to close the port of Calais [6] unless something was done about the camp. So oppression in Africa and the Middle East has pushed refugees to the edge of continental Europe, and the English Channel (and the UK s limited acceptance of refugees) has pressed truckers into the role of unwilling ferrymen. Advertisement It s an incredibly bad situation for everyone involved. The refugees can t go back, often for fear of being murdered. The truck drivers need to be able to do their jobs as safely as possible. Right now, something has to improve. References ^ Give Me Your Love (www.youtube.com) ^ up to 20,000 Syrian refugees (researchbriefings.parliament.uk) ^ the possibility of death over a lifetime of torture (www.theguardian.com) ^ the North Korea of Africa. (www.haaretz.com) ^ Doctors Without Borders (lamayenneonadore.fr) ^ threatened to close the port of Calais (www.theguardian.com)

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Romania: Truckers win reduction in insurance costs after protest with coffin

At one point, drivers tried to break through police lines to place a coffin in front of the offices to symbolize the death of the transportation industry. The Associated Press 9/16/2016 BUCHAREST, Romania Romanian truck drivers and regulators reached an agreement on Thursday to reduce planned insurance rates that truckers say would have crippled their industry, ending a day of nationwide protests. Augustin Hagiu, a transport protest leader, and the Financial Supervisory Authority said they agreed to cap annual rates at 7,500 lei ($1,900), a reduction of more than 40 percent from the previously planned hike. Hundreds of trucks, taxis and other commercial vehicles blocked a major square in Bucharest, the Romanian capital, for hours to protest the planned higher rates. Police reported traffic congestion around other Romanian cities as truck drivers drove slowly to protest against rates they said would be higher than in neighboring countries. About 400 protesters had parked their vehicles outside the government offices in Bucharest’s central Victory Square, snarling traffic in the city. They honked their horns and yelled, “We won’t leave!” “The rates are too high and this is giving us big problems competing with other countries such as Poland,” said Viorel Bosoi, who has a transportation firm and has worked 23 years in the business. He told The Associated Press that the proposed insurance rates for big trucks would have been about nine times higher than two years ago. Police called in reinforcements to guard the offices where Romania’s prime minister and other top officials work. At one point, drivers tried to break through police lines to place a coffin and a wreath in front of the offices to symbolize the death of the transportation industry. The government said Thursday it was not its job to resolve disputes between the truckers and state insurers, and told protesters to take their demands to the relevant agencies. Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos issued an emergency decree Wednesday to temporarily freeze insurance rates, but that failed to appease the protesters.

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Romania: Truckers Win Reduction in Insurance Costs

BUCHAREST, Romania Romanian truck drivers and regulators reached an agreement on Thursday to reduce planned insurance rates that truckers say would have crippled their industry, ending a day of nationwide protests. Augustin Hagiu, a transport protest leader, and the Financial Supervisory Authority said they agreed to cap annual rates at 7,500 lei ($1,900), a reduction of more than 40 percent from the previously planned hike. Hundreds of trucks, taxis and other commercial vehicles blocked a major square in Bucharest, the Romanian capital, for hours to protest the planned higher rates. Police reported traffic congestion around other Romanian cities as truck drivers drove slowly to protest against rates they said would be higher than in neighboring countries. About 400 protesters had parked their vehicles outside the government offices in Bucharest’s central Victory Square, snarling traffic in the city. They honked their horns and yelled, “We won’t leave!” “The rates are too high and this is giving us big problems competing with other countries such as Poland,” said Viorel Bosoi, who has a transportation firm and has worked 23 years in the business. He told The Associated Press that the proposed insurance rates for big trucks would have been about nine times higher than two years ago. Police called in reinforcements to guard the offices where Romania’s prime minister and other top officials work. Continue reading the main story [1] At one point, drivers tried to break through police lines to place a coffin and a wreath in front of the offices to symbolize the death of the transportation industry. The government said Thursday it was not its job to resolve disputes between the truckers and state insurers, and told protesters to take their demands to the relevant agencies. Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos issued an emergency decree Wednesday to temporarily freeze insurance rates, but that failed to appease the protesters. Continue reading the main story [2] References ^ Continue reading the main story (www.nytimes.com) ^ Continue reading the main story (www.nytimes.com)