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Oil Union Threatens to Stop Production in Nigeria

STR/AFP/Getty Images(LAGOS, Nigeria) -- Nigeria's largest oil union met with President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday to discuss resolving the removal of the fuel subsidy which has sparked protests nationwide and in the Diaspora.
On Jan. 1 Nigeria ended a fuel subsidy, doubling gas prices from about $1.70 a gallon to $3.50 a gallon causing a ripple effect in a nation where an average citizen survives on less than $2 a day.
The Nigeria Labor Congress had threatened to stop oil production on Sunday if the government did not reinstate the fuel subsidy.
Protests, dubbed Occupy Nigeria, drew hundreds of thousands in the most populous nation. Solidarity protests have been held in London, Washington D.C., Ghana and Atlanta. In New York, a protest was held in conjunction with Occupy Wall Street, where protestors marched to the Nigeria Consulate.
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Occupy Nigeria Protesters Rail Against Removal of Fuel Subsidy

STR/AFP/Getty Images(LAGOS, Nigeria) -- As protests spread across the country, Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan faces his biggest test since he came to power in 2010.

On Jan. 1 the government ended its fuel subsidy, more than doubling gas prices from $1.70 per gallon to more than $3.50 per gallon. The domino effect of the increase in fuel has caused anger amongst citizens of the country.

A movement dubbed "Occupy Nigeria" began last week in several cities and resulted in the death of a 23-year-old protester who was shot by police. On Monday three more protesters died after being shot by security forces in Lagos.

The "Occupy Nigeria" protests spread to the Diaspora, including London, where former presidential hopeful and journalist Dele Momodu made a surprise appearance. On Monday protesters marched to the World Bank in Washington, D.C., and on Tuesday, a protest was held in New York City at the Nigerian consulate, while in Atlanta a protest is planned for Wednesday at the Nigerian consulate.

President Jonathan is scheduled to speak live on Tuesday on the deregulation of the petroleum industry.

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