Summary Box: Signs amid Nigeria nationwide strike

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Posted: Jan 13, 2012 12:37 PM
Summary Box: Signs amid Nigeria nationwide strike

STRIKE STRAIN: With Nigeria's nationwide strike over spiraling fuel prices in its fifth day, there are growing signs of strain in Lagos, the nation's largest city, where most people subsist on less than $2 a day. Angry youths bring their hands to their mouths in a pantomime of eating, while others simply beat the sides of cars or break windows to get what they want.

ANGRY MASSES: Tens of thousands have marched across the country, with one mass demonstration in Lagos every day. Oganizers have begun handing out water and bread to those who gather there to sustain the protest.

RUNNING OUT OF TIME? Organizers say they want to keep the strike that started Monday going as long as the government refuses to bring gas prices down. A similar strike in 2003 lasted eight days. But there are limits to such endurance. The rise of gang-run checkpoints and begging at protests grows as the strike continues.