PROTEST: Highways of Violence

Shootings, beatings and other violence flared along major highways last week as independent truck owners sought to tie up the nation's road transport to protest the rising price and scarcity of diesel fuel. Rejecting an Administration offer aimed at satisfying their complaints, the loosely organized independents called a nationwide strike that has disrupted shipments of steel and other materials and threatens some cities with food shortages.

The 100,000 independents, who are self-employed and use their own rigs to haul goods for trucking companies on a contract basis, can average $20,000 a...

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