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Nigerian Labor Group Launches Strike

As world oil prices hit new highs, Nigeria’s biggest labor federation launched a four-day nationwide strike Monday to protest the rising cost of fuel at home, shutting down huge swathes of Lagos, the country’s largest city and its commercial center. There was no immediate impact on the flow of oil from this volatile West African nation, which is Africa’s largest oil producer and the fifth-biggest source of U.S. oil imports. Union militants smashed car windows to keep people home in Lagos, and the streets were nearly empty of traffic except for soldiers and anti-riot police in armored vehicles. Banks, stores and schools remained shuttered. “The strike is on. Nigerians are united over this,” said Owei Lakemfa, a spokesman for Nigeria Labor Congress, an umbrella group of 29 unions. Full Story

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