May 25, 2018 / 3:51 PM / a year ago

City of Sao Paulo declares state of emergency due to trucker protest

Truckers block the Imigrantes highway SP-160 during a protest against high diesel fuel prices in Sao Paulo, Brazil May 24, 2018. Signs reads "It will not turn Venezuela" and "Enough robbery". REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - South America’s biggest city and main business hub declared a state of emergency on Friday, suspending non-essential administrative services to save fuel amid a trucking protest that has blockaded major Brazilian highways for five days.

In a statement, City Hall said the state of emergency would allow it to seize private goods such as fuel stored at a gas station and make purchases without going through standard budgeting and bidding procedures.

Reporting by Alberto Alerigi Jr.

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