Brazil’s Crippling Trucker Protests Enter Day 9, Despite Suggestions of a Deal

For a moment in Brazil, it seemed likely the strike that has interrupted the country’s major thoroughfares for days on end might finally be headed for a resolution. President Michel Temer appeared to blink after a standoff with truck drivers’ unions, announcing late Sunday that his government would comply with their central demand to reduce diesel prices.

But as the sun rose over Brazil’s major highways Tuesday, an observer would be forgiven for thinking no such offer had been tendered. Many areas of the country looked much as they have since the strike began nine days ago, with roadblocks lingering, long lines snaking from gas stations, and store shelves bare from lack of shipments.