Dozens of trucks participated in a rally against the increased fuel prices in Hamburg. Honking vehicles with banners reading “You only eat as long as we deliver” and “Stop! You are destroying us” drove through the city in the early hours of Saturday.
“If politicians destroy our transport business with pointless taxes, if you take into account that a fuel price of more than two euro, 1.60, 1.70 taxes is on it, that’s outrageous. They destroy our entire existence,” one of the rally participants said.
“We have been living for months on the savings that our boss has set aside through good management, that’s what we live on. They destroy us. That’s all. Lies and deceit,” he added.
According to the police, around 250 trucks took part in the protest. Gas prices have soared since the beginning of Russia’s offensive to Ukraine.
On the morning of February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a military offensive against Ukraine.
On February 21, he had signed decrees recognising the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR).
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has imposed martial law throughout the country and announced a general mobilisation. Russia’s military offensive has drawn international condemnation from the EU, UK, and US, among other countries, and led to heavy sanctions imposed on Moscow.