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Argentine farmers resume strikes

Aug. 28, 2009 -Farmers in Argentina have resumed their strikes, opposing the government's imposition of a 35 percent export tax on soybeans, which the government claims is fair in light of profits farmers are earning.


August 31, 2009
By BBC News

August 28, 2009

Argentine farmers have resumed strikes as part of a bitter dispute concerning taxes on soy bean exports.


The farmers are angry over President Cristina Fernandez's refusal to lower the 35 percent tax. They have been on strike several times in the past year in response to the tax, saying government aid has been spent on cities at the expense of the countryside.

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The government argues that the farmers make huge profits from soy and the tax helps the wealth be distributed fairly.

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