Entrance harbour blocked
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A truck was parked right across the entrance of the container harbour, causing a complete traffic jam.
ORANJESTAD – Harbour workers conducted solidarity actions on Friday, by blocking the entrance of the container harbour with a big container.
Due to the actions that extended to the cruise terminal, some cruise passengers decided to spend the day on their ship, instead of going shopping or taking a tour of the island. A number of island tours were even cancelled. Cab drivers on the the cruise terminal were angry, because they have missed income.
The blockade was removed around noon, but the tension increased in the course of the afternoon, when the harbour workers decided to walk out. They were concerned about rumours that harbour master Alfonso Boekhoudt was going to be dismissed and replaced by someone that enjoys the government’s confidence more. Those rumours are so far not confirmed. The workers, led by union leader Anselmo Pontilius, walked to the office of Transport-minister Briesen, but there was no encounter with him.