Strike threats may close petrol stations in the south

Long queues formed last night at petrol stations in the south-east of the island, as people rushed to the pumps to fill up over fears of an indefinite nationwide strike.

The strike threatens to close every filling station in the Greek Republic by tomorrow.

Petrol station owners in the Famagusta area, where the strike began, say they are furious over the creation of new operators in their area, claiming that the number of garages could rise from 28 to 48 and that their businesses face ruin with the increased competition.

As stations shut up in the Famagusta area, there was gridlock at many garages on the border of the Larnaca district with queues blocking roads and carriageways as news that self-service machines were also being switched-off spread.

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