Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Surging food and fuel prices have sparked protests in many countries. Here are some key events this year:
At least 24 people were killed during protests that erupted in February and were linked to rising living costs. In response, the government raised state salaries and suspended customs duties on basic foodstuffs.
At least six people died in February in unrest over high fuel prices and living costs. The government agreed to cut the price of diesel fuel for minibus taxis.
Farmers, upset by rising fertilizer costs and seeking debt relief, blocked key rail and road links in February.
Police fired tear gas in Abidjan last month to disperse demonstrators angry over steep price increases.
Unions called a general strike earlier this month over soaring costs of food and fuel that had triggered riots in February. The government extended a suspension of import duties on staple foods.
Thousands of members of the national labor federation marched through Johannesburg earlier this month to protest higher food and electricity prices.
Protests over high rice prices brought down the prime minister April 12. At least six people were killed in two weeks of riots and demonstrations in the poorest country in the Americas.