Hundreds of angry truck drivers blockaded Shanghai’s Baoshan port yesterday as part of a three day strike against rising fuel prices and higher handling fees charged by the port.
Entrances to the docks were blocked, preventing the pickup and receipt of containers, and the windows of trucks belonging to other drivers who refused to take part were smashed by protesting drivers.
The arrest of dozens of protestors, and unconfirmed rumours of the death of at least one protestor, led to a massive showdown between the police and strikers, and threats that the protest would be taken to the doorstep of the Shanghai municipal government.
Another 500 drivers are said to be protesting at the Yangshan port today.
Mainstream media have remained silent about the protests and a handful of news websites that carried reports on the strike unpublished the pages soon after, ostensibly on the orders of the propaganda office.
Last week, in a standoff that lasted till midnight, massive crowds gathered in Jiuting, Songjiang District, southwest of Xujiahui, after a number of chengguans, or urban administrative officers, allegedly roughed up two motorists.