Several thousand tractors blocked traffic on highways across Spain yesterday. Farmers also protested in many cities.
Spanish farmers blocked traffic on main highways on Tuesday and demonstrated in many cities in the country, Reuters reports. Protests have already covered the entire country – from Seville and Granada in the south to Girona in the north, near the border with France – confirmed the Spanish road services.
Farmers from Spain stand in solidarity with farmers from other EU countries, protesting against the rising costs and falling profitability of production, unequal competition from non-EU countries, and the increasingly restrictive and bureaucratic agricultural policy of Brussels.
However, the protesters’ anger is focused not only on Brussels, but also on the national authorities. Farmers accuse the government of, among others, about ineffective counteracting the effects of the ongoing drought, allowing the domestic market to be flooded with imported agricultural products, or too passive an attitude in negotiations with the EU. All agricultural unions and agricultural organizations joined the protests, including the largest national organization ASAJA.