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MADRID (AP) — The Spanish government said Thursday it was mobilizing more than 15,000 police to crack down on striking truck drivers accused of attacking co-workers who did not join the indefinite walkout.

Transport Minister Raquel Sánchez claimed that “a group of extremists determined to blackmail this country” are behind the attacks, saying they were linked to far-right groups. She provided no evidence for her claim.

Attacks by roadside picketers this week reportedly included throwing rocks at trucks on the road, tearing up cargo tarps and slashing truck tyres, as well as threatening working drivers with violence.

High fuel prices prompted the walkout.

Police across Spain have been ordered to ensure essential goods are delivered, essential services are maintained and truckers who want to work can, the Interior Ministry said.

The indefinite strike, which began on Monday, is not supported by Spain’s main transport unions or its road transport federations. The government says the strikers are a minority of the country’s truckers.

Even so, their walkout threatened to disrupt national supply chains, with some companies reporting shortages of fresh produce such as milk and fish.

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