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Nationwide actions planned: Peasant protests against agricultural plans of the Federal Government


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Bonn (dpa) - Thousands of farmers want to protest on Tuesday in numerous German cities against the agricultural plans of the government. The largest demonstration is planned in the morning in Bonn, where 8,000 to 10,000 farmers with around 800 tractors from all over Germany are expected.

"We want politics and associations to speak with us as a basis," said Meike Schulz-Broers of the organizing team of the network "Land creates connection". In this tens of thousands of German farmers have joined forces via Facebook and WhatsApp.

Farmers are calling on Federal Minister of Agriculture Julia Klöckner (CDU) and Environment Minister Svenja Schulze (SPD) to discuss current agricultural and climate plans with them. The current policy endangers family farms, the farmers warned. In addition, "farmers bashing", that is about condescending remarks about farmers, cause in many areas to anger in the professional group. Parallel to the central rally in Bonn, there will be events in many cities.

In Berlin, 1000 farmers with their over 100 tractors want to drive to the Victory Column. Farmers have also announced protests in Munich, Würzburg, Bayreuth, Erfurt, Rendsburg, Hanover, Oldenburg, Stuttgart, Freiburg, Leipzig and Görlitz.

The demonstrations are directed against the plans of the Federal Government, inter alia, for more nature and animal protection in agriculture, and for the protection of groundwater from nitrate, which passes through overfertilization in the soil. These plans were approved by the Minister of Agriculture and Deputy CDU leader Klöckner.

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Source: zeit

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