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Milk maids end hunger strike outside Merkel's office

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Milk maids end hunger strike outside Merkel's office
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13:58 CEST+02:00
Six women German dairy farmers demanding that Chancellor Angela Merkel take action to fight falling milk prices ended their hunger-strike on Sunday after five days, rolling news channel N24 reported.

"We are not putting our health at risk for the chancellor," one of the women was quoted as saying.

The six have been camping in a field next to the chancellery building in central Berlin for a week along with about 150 mainly female dairy farmers. They have set up life-sized plastic cows in the colours of the national flag.

They stopped eating on Wednesday, vowing only to drink fruit juice and tea until Merkel agreed to speak to them about organising an emergency national milk summit.

The protest attracted extensive media coverage five months ahead of national elections on September 27th.

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