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Demonstrators block Dili traffic over fuel hikes

Lusa - June 7, 2000

Taxi and van drivers blocked traffic in Dili with their vehicles and tried to force their way into the central administrative building Wednesday to protest recent fuel price hikes.

Numbering about 200, the demonstrators agreed to disband after a delegation was received by UN officials and promised another meeting Thursday. It was the second such demonstration in the East Timorese capital since Friday.

One youth was arrested after kicking the head of a UN policeman, an American, when the crowd tried to force its way into the government building.