LONDON (AP) -- Protesters and union leaders called for European governments to slash fuel taxes, vowing Tuesday to widen demonstrations that have snarled traffic, blockaded refineries, led hospitals to cut back on ambulance services and prompted motorists to stock up on gasoline.
Truckers, taxi drivers, farmers, tour operators and others who claim that high oil prices are hurting their businesses protested in Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, France and Germany.
Across Britain, thousands of gas stations were closed and tanker fleets were at a standstill. Some hospital patients faced delayed surgeries as ambulances were put on an emergency-only schedule.
In Belgium, truckers intensified their protests by blockading gasoline depots, disrupting freeway traffic and maintaining a stranglehold on main thoroughfares in the capital, Brussels.
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