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Farmers protest across Poland

24.01.2024 15:30
Polish farmers are protesting in more than 200 places across the country to oppose the implementation of the European Union's Green Deal programme and the uncontrolled influx of goods from Ukraine.
Farmers protesting in the town of Medyka
Farmers protesting in the town of MedykaPhoto: PAP/Darek Delmanowicz

Tractors and other slow-moving machinery, and even pedestrians crossing lanes, are expected to block hundreds of roads.

In the Lubelskie voivodship, protests will be organized in nearly 20 places.

An organizer of the protest in the town of Bogucin, Gustaw Jędrejek, says the action is intended to be a peaceful demonstration, and the gathering is not expected to cause traffic obstructions.

Within the province, protests will be held in, among others: Chelm, Hrubieszow, Zamosc, Modliborzyce, Krasnystaw, Końskowola or Żyrzyn.

In the West Pomeranian Voivodeship, farmers will drive tractors on a section of the national "10" between Krąpiel and Wapnica and "20" near Chociwel. The protest is scheduled to begin at noon.

Edward Kosmal, chairman of the Provincial Council of Agricultural Solidarity, says other organizations may also join the protest.

"It will be blocking or crossing roads. This is just the beginning. We will not end with this protest," Kosmal said.

During his visit to Kiev on Monday, Poland's prime minister Donald Tusk said that Ukraine's president, as well as the country's Cabinet under Denys Shmyhal "reaffirmed their willingness to work together to resolve Poland-Ukraine issues such as grain imports and the border blockade by transport companies."

Tusk stressed that Warsaw and Kyiv would "seek practical solutions in friendly talks and maybe there won't be a need to consult international institutions.”


Source: IAR