Saratov Police Raid Shows Long-Haul Truckers’ Strike Still in Active Phase
June 6 – Despite Moscow media claims that the truckers’ strike is over and
union leaders’ statements that their protest has shifted from the highways to the
courts, a police raid on a group of truckers still very much on strike in
Saratov indicates that the strike goes on and that the authorities are trying
to snuff it out by force.
police charged the drivers with engaging in an illegal meeting even though the
authorities had earlier given their permission for the truckers to assemble
where they were. The drivers said they were not discouraged and would continue
to press their demand for an end to the Plato fee system and for meetings with
people in power to discuss their grievances.
driver, Aleksey Kaldikhin, said the police behaved atrociously and that as far
as he and the other drivers are concerned, what happened was “a punitive
operation” of the purest kind. The authorities “conducted themselves” like “fascist