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Swiss farmers march against austerity

More than 10,000 farmers marched through the streets of Bern on Friday to protest against government austerity measures. They came from all over

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More than 10,000 farmers marched through the streets of Bern on Friday to protest against government austerity measures.

They came from all over Switzerland and, while the atmosphere was good, their anger was real with calls for fairer prices for their produce and the scrapping of proposals for a major reduction in the agricultural budget.

According to the Swiss Farmers Union, the incomes of farming families are far lower than in comparable industries with this year accounting for a decrease of 11 percent on average. In some cases, prices are at an all time low and no longer cover costs.