Papadimitriu Talks With Bus Drivers - Clashes With Riot Police In Progress
Wednesday, June 27 2012 @ 10:45 AM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
In this regard, the Minister acknowledged that by now (according to their strategic plan) there should not be any "Red Devils" on the streets, which is why the fuel subsidies were not included in the budget. But he said before the cameras of TVN News they are looking for mechanisms (to pay for) the subsidy, to keep those who are riding the buses from having to pay more than the 25 cent fare.
On another issue, questioned about the claims of the bus drivers who work the routes in Veranillo that they have not been paid the $25,000 compensation in order to begin the Metro Bus service in this sector - one of the areas that has had all of their documents in order and where they have not been involved in protests or other questionable actions - Minister Papadimitriu explained the process has been delayed due to problems with the feeder routes, as well as the investigations being conducted by the Public Ministry on irregularities with the compensation payments.
The bus drivers in Veranillo are also complaining about a lack of security, and they report they have been victims of theft. They said recently armed criminals entered the patio area and robbed them all at gunpoint.
At the time of this writing, it was learned that despite the presence of the Minister, there were clashes between riot police and the bus drivers. (Estrella)