Farmers in Argentina say they will resume protests against tax increases on food exports, following the collapse of talks with the government.
Farm leaders say they plan to prevent shipments of grain from leaving. Argentina is one of the world’s top exporters of corn, wheat, soya and beef. Correspondents say a prolonged dispute could have an impact on international markets at a time when food prices are already at record levels.
The farmers are particularly angry about an increase to the export tax on soya – a commodity which last year earned the country $13bn. In March protesting farmers blocked roads for three weeks, preventing trucks from delivering produce, leading to food shortages.
We are going to miss beef and rice for good!
Turkish riot police have used tear gas and water cannon to prevent protesters from staging a banned May Day rally in the centre of Istanbul.
The authorities say 505 people were arrested and several were hurt as crowds tried to reach Taksim Square. Stones and bottles were thrown at security forces and police wearing gas masks broke up the demonstrators.
The Turkish government banned May Day celebrations in and around the square after 34 people died in 1977. Turkey’s three main union confederations had announced they would try to hold a rally, but eventually they gave up because of the clashes.
Police set up barricades around the square to enforce the ban, imposed after officials said they had received reports that radicals were planning violent protests. Local media said six police and an unknown number of demonstrators were injured.
Too much about turkey leading towards democracy. It took only hours to prove how many wrong things there are in this Asian country!
Many Zimbabwean shops and businesses are open as usual despite opposition calls for a general strike to press for election results to be published.
Correspondents say many people cannot afford to lose a day’s pay, while some say they have not heard of the strike. Armed police and soldiers are on patrol, even though there are no plans for street protests.
The opposition says Morgan Tsvangirai defeated President Robert Mugabe and that the count is being rigged. This is denied by the government, while the police accuse Mr. Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) of “agitating for violence” by calling for the strike.
So now we know who supports Mugabe, by the way how did they build their businesses? Black market and red blood?
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!