An aerial view of trucks blocking a
highway toll booth during a transport strike on the outskirts of Rome Dec.
12, 2007. Italian truckers defied a government demand to end a
three-day-old strike on Wednesday, keeping in place road blockades that
have dried up fuel supplies, closed factories and stopped food reaching
the shops. The strike, in protest against high fuel costs and poor working
conditions, meant supermarket shelves that are usually crammed with fresh
fruit and vegetables were running bare, and most filling stations were