IN PICS: Global oil protests

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As world power's hold an emergency meeting on Sunday in Jeddah to discuss oil prices, Arabian Business looks at global protests on the issue. Here, supporters of India's left wing parties shout anti-government slogans during a protest march in New Delhi on June 11, 2008. About 500 activists were protesting against a rise in the price of essential commodities after the government hiked fuel prices to stem huge losses at state oil firms caused by surging crude costs. Protestors were infuriated by the resulting petrol price increase of about 11 percent and 9.4 percent for diesel. (Getty Images)
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European nations in particular have witnessed a range of angry protests over the huge jump in prices. Petrol pumps are pictured with tape across them after supplies of petrol ran out in Seville, Spain on June 11, 2008. Tens of thousands of truckers went on strike to demand government help to offset the higher fuel costs, which led to a breakdown in the supply chain. (Getty Images)
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During Sunday's meeting Saudi Arabia will try to coax its few OPEC peers who have spare production capacity to join the kingdom in pumping more barrels. Here truck drivers protest against the rising cost of fuel on June 9, 2008 in Barcelona, Spain. Approximately 90,000 Spanish transport workers staged a general strike against rising fuel prices, which have increased by 20 per cent since the start of the year. The main ports, borders and roads were blocked by the protestors. (Getty Images)
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Some OPEC members have been openly sceptical that raising oil output will rein in prices since they believe prices are driven more by speculation than market fundamentals. Truck drivers are pictured blocking the highway to protest against fuel hikes in Iznalloz, near Granada on June 11, 2008. (Getty Images)
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Officials have said the meeting itself shows the growing will for a global effort to tackle oil's rise, which have triggered protests from Brussels to Bangkok over record fuel costs that may threaten the world's economy. Here Spanish fishermen protest against rising fuel costs during a demonstration in Vigo, northwestern Spain on June 12, 2008. (Getty Images)
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British PM Gordon Brown is one of the high-level western politicians attending the Jeddah oil summit. Brown is set to call for a global new deal to address the latest oil shock and end opposing interests of producers and consumers. Pictured are fuel tanker drivers who staged a four-day strike in a row over pay, by picketing the Stanlow oil refinery in Merseyside, north west England, on June 13, 2008. Fuel tanker drivers for one of Britain's biggest energy firms went on strike after last-ditch talks over a pay dispute broke down. (Getty Images)
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Riyadh has summoned both producers and consumers, plus chief executives from big oil firms, to the Jeddah meeting after an unprecedented day of trading on June 6, when oil prices surged by $11 a barrel to a new peak, the largest ever one-day rise. A group of students are pictured burning tyres to block the streets during protests against the increase in the price of gasoline on June 18, 2008 in Panama City. (Getty Images)
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The price of oil has doubled in a year to almost $140 a barrel, despite recent efforts to slow the ascent. Nepalese students are pictured vandalising a government vehicle during a students' protest over the price rise of petroleum products in Kathmandu on June 19, 2008. The student were demanding a 50 percent discount on transportation in public vehicles. Nepal's state-owned fuel monopoly hiked prices in a bid to help ease oil supplies in the Himalayan nation, where consumers have been hit by shortages for months, officials said. (Getty Images)
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Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest oil exporter, has said it would raise output to 9.7 million barrels per day (bpd) in July, its highest rate in decades. Here Nepalese policemen spray water on a government vehicle to prevent it from catching fire during a students' protest over the price rise of petroleum products in Kathmandu on June 19, 2008. The student were demanding a 50 percent discount on transportation in public vehicles. (Getty Images)
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Major oil consumers in Asia, including the world's number-two user China, have recently raised cheap domestic fuel prices that analysts say had aided rapid demand growth, while US regulators are seeking more oversight of futures market speculators. Truck drivers are pictured slowing down the traffic on the ring road around Paris on June 19, 2008, as part of a demonstration to protest over soaring fuel prices. About 200 hauliers were taking part in the protest ahead of a meeting between the government and industry representatives to discuss the impact of fuel costs. (Getty Images)
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