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Finland: Finnish farmers protest financial woes as Russia sanctions start to bite01:30

Finland: Finnish farmers protest financial woes as Russia sanctions start to bite

Finland, Helsinki
March 11, 2016 at 15:50 GMT +00:00 · Published

Over 3,000 Finnish farmers demonstrated in front of the Helsinki Cathedral on Friday. The country's farming industry has lost €400 million ($446 billion), due to an embargo imposed by Russia last year in response to Western anti-Russian sanctions.

Protester Tiina Pietikainen said, “last year was very difficult for farmers, we got support too late and over time it was lower and lower.” The protesters, 500 of whom were aboard tractors, held signs reading “no farms, no food” and “save the Finnish farmers.”

Farmers protested the lack of government and EU support, as the price of commodities continues to drop. Finland has ranked fourth among EU countries most affected by the embargo.

Finland: Finnish farmers protest financial woes as Russia sanctions start to bite01:30
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Over 3,000 Finnish farmers demonstrated in front of the Helsinki Cathedral on Friday. The country's farming industry has lost €400 million ($446 billion), due to an embargo imposed by Russia last year in response to Western anti-Russian sanctions.

Protester Tiina Pietikainen said, “last year was very difficult for farmers, we got support too late and over time it was lower and lower.” The protesters, 500 of whom were aboard tractors, held signs reading “no farms, no food” and “save the Finnish farmers.”

Farmers protested the lack of government and EU support, as the price of commodities continues to drop. Finland has ranked fourth among EU countries most affected by the embargo.