"We Are Not Slaves": Farmers In Italy, Spain, & Poland Join Dutch Protests
Farmers in Italy, Spain and Poland have joined Dutch farmers in protest of 'green' government regulations that will decimate the industry by forcing them to reduce their use of nitrogen fertilizer compounds.
"We are not slaves, we are farmers," said Italian farmers, who drove tractors through the streets of Milan and blocked city traffic.
Italian farmers hit Milan with the message: "We are not slaves, we are farmers!"— Tony (@mrtdogg_) July 15, 2022
Still the media turn a blind eye. pic.twitter.com/Yt3C9qeY6A
According to the Morning Star, "Italian farmers face an imminent crisis due to a severe drought that has seen a third of agricultural produce placed at risk."
The country’s agricultural minister Steafano Patuanelli told parliament earlier this week that Italy faces a further 40 per cent loss of water resources in the coming decades.
Farmers say they have lost around €3 billion as a result of the emergency and are being hit hard by rising fuel prices with costs rocketing as a result of the conflict in Ukraine.
Italian farmers rise up in Milan and block city traffic: "We are not slaves, we are farmers!" pic.twitter.com/g89CmXYV4A— RadioGenova (@RadioGenova) July 15, 2022
In Spain, farmers in Badajoz, Granada and Albacete paraded their tractors down the street in solidarity with the foreign farmers, as well as national protests at home over a lack of food and gasoline, according to EuroWeekly News.
📢Agricultores Españoles en Badajoz, Granada, Albacete... Manifestándose para proteger su modo de vida y la independencia alimentaria de España (también te afecta a tí)— Free ☣ (@FredTheReez) July 15, 2022
🤔Esperando los especiales de TV...
And in Poland, farmers came to Warsaw last weekend to protest against inflation and other government actions.
#BREAKING #POLAND— loveworld (@LoveWorld_Peopl) July 8, 2022
🔴POLAND :#VIDEO MASSIVE PROTESTS OF POLISH FARMERS IN WARSAW!
They protested against the government's politics destabilizing production by raising interest rates, which does not stop inflation#Flash #Warsaw #Varsovia #Protests #Protesta #Farmers #Inflation pic.twitter.com/sNLGF5c6Ml
The protests have led to empty supermarket shelves in the Netherlands, as tractors and other agricultural machinery have blocked warehouses, preventing their shipment - a move which Prime Minister Mark Rutte has mobilized state police against in an attempted crackdown.
My thoughts while bailing silage ,Farmers of World unite .#FarmingMatters pic.twitter.com/MUKm0tEGt6— Gareth Wyn Jones (@1GarethWynJones) July 7, 2022