Thousands of Opel workers went on strike in Germany on Thursday in objection at the decision by U.S. parent General Motors to abandon the sale of the automaker.
GM shocked German public officials when it announced earlier this week its decision to keep its European Opel and Vauxhall units and cancel a planned sale to Canadian firm Magna.
If Magna had bought GM's European operations thousands would have lost their jobs in Spain and at Vauxhall plants in Britain.
After the announcement there were celebrations in Britain but fury in Germany, where thousands of workers fear they will face the axe.
"We want Opel to continue to exist," Hesse state Premier Roland Koch - one of the biggest lobbyists for a sale to Magna and its Russian partner Sberbank - told rallying workers at Opel headquarters in Ruesselsheim on Thursday, according to Reuters.com.