Thursday, September 18, 2008

Bread Strike in Rome

Tonight we are having crackers instead of bread with our dinner.

Italian consumers stage "bread strike" over prices
ROME, Sept 18 (Reuters) - Consumer groups tried on Thursday to persuade Italians not to buy bread for a day, and to cut down on their consumption of other goods and services, to protest at price rises they say are not justified by raw material costs. Baking and handing out free bread near Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's office, protesters called the 30 percent rise in bread prices over the past year a 'rip-off' and demanded a moratorium on price hikes and lower taxes on staple goods.

"Basket of Bread" by Salvador Dali, 1926
(I had a print of this painting in my college dorm room.)

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