Anti-government truckers besiege Australian parliament

August 22, 2011 03:44


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CANBERRA - Hundreds of trucks circled Australian parliament on Monday in a protest against government plans for a carbon tax, but the truckers fell far short of their ambition to gridlock the capital in support of their call for fresh elections.

The truckers, the second anti-government protest in Canberra in a week, sought to draw on mounting public dissatisfaction with Prime Minister Julia Gillard's government and perceptions of economic incompetence, despite a robust economy.

"Everyone is on the edge because the country is basically in a state of disarray. We've all been surprised at just how tough everyone is doing it," said transport-company owner Peter Whytcross, as the "Convoy of No Confidence" trucks sounded horns as they reached the capital, Canberra.

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