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Last Updated: Wednesday, 13 October, 2004, 12:53 GMT 13:53 UK
In pictures: Nigeria fuel strike
A policeman walks past a petrol station
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Many Nigerian shops and offices have been closed this week after unions called a strike over fuel price rises.
Man sleeps in a deserted market in Abuja
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Some, but not all, market traders have returned to work, saying they cannot afford to stay at home.
Police attempt to prevent student union and labour supporters from protesting in Abuja
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While the government says the strike is illegal, the unions have threatened to extend the strike, which was due to end on Thursday.
NLC President Adams Oshiomhole is blocked by Nigerian police trying to stop a rally in Abuja
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The strike was called by Nigeria's trade union umbrella group, the National Labour Congress, headed by Adams Oshiomhole.
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Even young boys who carry people's goods on wheelbarrows have joined the action.
Nigerian police chase people on the street to prevent them from joining protests in Abuja
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The streets have been emptier than usual, except for police and protesters.
Nigerian police try to seize a flag from officials of the Nigerian Labour Congress during a protest rally in Abuja
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The NLC has accused the police of being heavy-handed, leading to the death of a boy in the northern city of Kaduna.


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