Argentine farmers halt tax strike

Farmers in Argentina have suspended a crippling strike called in protest at rises in export taxes on farm products.

 

A farmers’ spokesman said the 16-day protest – which included roadblocks and caused food shortages – had been halted to allow talks with the government. Argentine President Cristina Fernandez had refused to negotiate with them until the action was stopped.

She says the taxes will redistribute wealth, but farmers say they and their communities will be hit hard. “What we’ve decided is to allow free transit on the roads while these talks go on,”

So the strike is over but …not exactly over!

 

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