Police have used tear gas to disperse protesting fuel—truck drivers after the government issued an emergency order to force them back to work.

The scuffles occurred as some 500 drivers gathered in protest outside the transport ministry on Thursday.

Most gas stations around the country remained closed after a crippling three—day strike that has hit Greece’s tourism industry and led to some factory closures.

Fuel—truck drivers say they will not directly defy the emergency order. But they say they will continue their protest with various forms of disobedience.

They oppose plans to liberalize their tightly regulated profession, part of major reforms required for Greece to receive rescue loans from European countries and the International Monetary Fund.

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