File - Lebanese taxi drivers take part in a strike in Dora, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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A nationwide strike will go on as planned next week, the Unions and Leagues of Land Transportation announced Thursday.The strike, to be held Thursday, Aug. 2, was announced a day after a warning strike was held in different parts of Lebanon, with the unions ignoring a plea by caretaker Public Works and Transport Minister Youssef Fenianos to postpone the strikes until the first Cabinet session of the next government is held. In recent years, truck drivers and taxi drivers have clogged roads with protests across Lebanon as commuters head to work. Drivers often demonstrate against the rise of fees for automotive inspections, and competition from Syrian nationals who they claim have taken up jobs as taxi drivers and in many cases charge lower fees than local drivers.
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