Motorists in the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires, have been queueing to fill up their cars with petrol this week.
GV Fuel tankers in depot
LV Tankers loading fuel
GV Tankers leaving depot (2 shots)
GV Cars outside garage
SV Petrol pump attendant filling car
CU Petrol pump showing price and amount of fuel
CU Driver taking money from wallet
GV ZOOM OUT FROM Lorries waiting at fruit market
SV Porters loading vegetables onto truck (5 shots)
GTV Porters off-loading melons and cabbages (3 shots)
GV People shopping in open market
SV Women buying vegetables (2 shots)
CU Price tags on vegetables (4 shots)
CU Elderly woman handing over money for goods
GV Shoppers in market
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Background: Motorists in the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires, have been queueing to fill up their cars with petrol this week. They fear an increase in petrol prices. It has been speculated that the cost could go up by 40 per cent.
However, the State-owned petroleum company, Y.P.F. (Yacimientos Petroliferos Fiscales), has refused to give any indication on the size of the increase.
The Argentine cabinet was reported to have already studied the new fuel prices. Such an increase is expected to set off further increases in the price of food and public services.
Local newspapers in Buenos Aires said the new fuel prices were likely to push to cost of transport up by 40 per cent and telephone bills 20 per cent.
Argentina, like most countries in the world, has suffered from continuous price increases. In August, President Maria Estela Peron appealed to Argentines on Television to launch a campaign to beat shortages and rising prices.
And the Economy Minister Alfredo Gomez Morales recently told a group of journalists that inflation in his country was running at 25 to 26 per cent.