in Sardinia, a brutal strike paralyzed the economy of the island for more than a week

In Corsica, the blockade of two oil depots in Corsica has been temporarily lifted due to rising fuel prices. Our Sardinian neighbors have had their entire island under lockdown for over a week. Let’s go back to the turbulent period.

“I have no idea how much gasoline is left in the pumps.– launches a young car service cashier at the northern exit of Bastia between two cash desks. “When there is more, there will be more.”

Today is Monday, March 21st. Outside, dozens of cars are lining up to fill up. Some, far-sighted, armed themselves with canisters. In some resorts, the islands are much calmer. And not in vain. There is no more fuel on sale, and motorists turned back.

Young farmers have been blockading the oil depots in Ajaccio and Luccia since 17 March. The reason is the rise in fuel prices. They complained about the dramatic increase in off-road diesel required by tractors and farm equipment. According to them, they must face a doubling of tariffs. An increase that brings the ticket up to 1.80 euros per liter.

Since March 22 and the announcement of the death of Ivan Columna, the blocking has been lifted. But only in order not to interfere with the time of mourning, which part of the island wishes to observe. Young farmers have already warned that lockdowns could quickly return, and “in a much more dangerous way.” They demand “return to normal, that is, to the same price as last year.”

But Corsican farmers are apparently not the only ones affected by the price hike, one of the side effects of the war in Ukraine on European countries. And across the continent, initiatives of all kinds have multiplied.

One, spectacular, appeared just a few kilometers from Corsica, on the other side of the Bus de Bonifacio. In Sardinia, more attention is paid to carriers. And not a little. It must be said that fuel at the gas station has grown even more impressively in Sardinia than in Corsica. When in Ajaccio they paid 2.16 euros per liter of diesel fuel, at service stations in Muravera or Sassari they charged up to 2.35 euros.

So, on March 11, the cargo ship Grimaldi entered the port of Cagliari, en route from Naples, the heavy trucks about to disembark were surprised when the carriers denied them access to the pier. The ports of Porto Torres and Olbia were also blocked very quickly. This is the beginning of a movement that will plunge much of the island into uncertainty and panic.

Goods no longer reach the stores and remain stockpiled on the wharfs, which begin to fill up after three or four days. Some of them are better to throw away. Several companies that are finding it increasingly difficult to operate due to lockdowns are brandishing the threat of layoffs. Sardinians flock to supermarkets, where many products are in short supply.

Not surprisingly, the movement does not actually have the full support of the population and social professionals. If the struggle is shared by the largest number of people, the means chosen to be heard are contested by many.

On March 17, farmers became more active. In the daily newspaper L’Unione Sarda, Francesco Terzitta, an agricultural producer from Valledoria and a representative of sector professionals in the north of the island, states: “This demonstration is not the same as it was originally. It has become a minority oppression that we Sardinian farmers can no longer tolerate.”. And examples of farmers are beginning to stand out, who see their crops rot due to lack of communication with the continent.

But the blockade continued. And Sardinia has become for the Italian government an illustration of what can happen in Italy if the country develops a wider movement of carriers. Moreover, the beginning of mobilization is observed not only on the island. “The consequences in the event of a complete blockage of road transport will be catastrophic, with huge damage”This was announced by the Secretary General of the national federation of carriers Cgil Arnaldo Boeddu.

Under the threat of general panic or out of conviction, on March 19, the Italian Council of Ministers adopted a decree-law containing urgent measures to counteract the economic and humanitarian consequences of the Ukrainian crisis. The decree-law, where a significant place was given to fuel problems, encouraged carriers to lift the blockade.

The moment that caught the attention of motorists across Italy was a 25-cent reduction in excise tax on fuel sales for a period of one month. The immediate effect will be a 25-cent drop in the price of the pampa. This is 10 cents more than French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced on March 12.

A breath of fresh air for budgets, but according to Arnaldo Boeddu, Secretary General of the National Carriers Federation Cgil, there needs to be a more serious and deeper discussion about energy and industrial policy: our economy cannot be dominated by a conflict taking place in another country, or by the protest of a category of workers. “.

A project that covers a large part of Europe, and which should go much further than temporary financial assistance.

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