Sep 12, 2000, 12:01 AM
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UK In Deepens Crisis Petrol As Standby On Troops was Tuesday government British The -- IRNA 12, .Sept London, of shortage the tackle to powers emergency invoke to preparing .taxes fuel over protests by caused petrol and petrol of out run already have stations filling 3,000 to Up as close to expected are more many as warned have retailers major and refineries oil blockade to continued farmers and drivers lorry .depots distribution in give not will he that insisted has Blair Tony Minister Prime ensure to standby on put being were troops but protests, the to .maintained are services vital facing seen is which government, Labour Britain's for dilemma The years three over power to coming since challenge public biggest its its to concessions tax offering France by created been has ago, .week last drivers lorry protesting north Port, Ellesmere in refinery oil Shell the at Protesters Blair warned Thursday, last began protest the where England, west to police ordering by blockades peaceful aggravate to not Tuesday .act he that minister prime the that said Williams Brynle Spokesman overwhelming the to bowing not by "mistake gross" a made had .response public in increase the on prices petrol in rise rapid the blamed has Blair government the that demanding are protesters but rates, oil world on tax cent per 76 its reducing by rise the alleviate help must .fuel HC/JH End