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Argentine farmers resume strike

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  • Farmers said they would go on strike for eight days -- until May 15
  • The renewed strike will include demonstrations along roads
  • Farmers also plan to halt grain exports during the eight-day period
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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (CNN) -- Farmers in Argentina decided Wednesday to resume a strike that cut exports, blocked roads and emptied store shelves last month.

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Argentine farmers demonstrate against their president for attacking them for their strike on March 26, 2008.

The farmers said they would go on strike for eight days -- until May 15. They are protesting a 44 percent export tax on products such as soybeans and sunflowers.

Farmers nationwide went on strike shortly after the government implemented the tax, on March 11, but they suspended the strike in early April to allow time for negotiations.

On Tuesday, the farmers said the government had agreed to re-examine the issue of taxes on exports. A senior government official denied that, triggering the farmer's decision to renew their strike -- at least temporarily.

The renewed strike will include demonstrations along roads. But the farmer said they do not plant to block roads as they did in March, according to Eduardo Buzzi, leader of the Agrarian Federation.

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"At no time will we sponsor or support roadblocks," he said. He added that roadblocks could happen even though it's something the federation "does not want and isn't looking for," according to a report in Telam, the national news agency of Argentina.

In addition, the farmers said, they plan to halt grain exports during the eight-day period.

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The Argentine cabinet chief, Alberto Fernandez, criticized the decision.

"I think we should be more sensible," he said.

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