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5,000 tractors block Berlin, farmers protest against agricultural policy

Christian Fernsby |
Thousands of German farmers are converging outside the government headquarters in central Berlin on Tuesday to protest against the government’s agricultural policy.

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Farmers say that the government’s stricter environmental protection laws, animal-welfare rules, and fertiliser regulations are threatening their livelihoods.

The culture of “farmer bashing” has made their lives miserable, they claim.

Some 5,000 tractors are expected to bring the city centre to a standstill.

They have been chugging in slow processions from all across the country, heading towards the capital during the past few days, with miles-long convoys inching along motorways over the weekend.

Under the banner “The countryside creates connection,” farmers and green industry players have formed an independent initiative to protest against new policies they believe are “endangering the economic power and social peace in rural areas in Germany.” The German Farmers Association is backing the protests.

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