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Germany: 3,500 tractors flood Hamburg as farmers protest agricultural policies

76 14.11.2019 Инфо

W/S Tractors at farmer protest, Hamburg
M/S Tractor driver
W/S Tractors
C/U Tractors
M/S Tractors driving on road
C/U Tractors driving on road
SOT, Chistiane Huxdorff, Greenpeace supporter: "They are saying that they are the scapegoats, that they are suffering from the policy as it is right now, and we say that money coming from Brussels, the subsidies, because there is so much money coming from Brussels and that money has to be spent in a way that farmers can actually transition to a better and more sustainable way."
W/S Tractors in city centre
M/S Tractors in city centre
M/S Sign: "No farm, no food, no future"
SOT, Thomas Schmidt, Saxon State Minister for the Environment and Agriculture (German): "You can achieve a lot, but not with controversy alone, by letting some lead the way. The demand that you are making is absolutely right and I can only fully welcome that you came here."
M/S People applauding
C/U Sign (German: "I am angry"
W/S Demonstrators
SOT, Till Backhaus, Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) Agriculture Minister Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (German): "I believe you can say: yes, agriculture has long since realised that we are part of the solution and not the problem. And that is why we have to distance ourselves from the 'pure' ideology, the green ideology. They recognised, there is, yes, and I say this here in all clearness: this green ideology, that by the way, and that was good that we have the Greens, in the past it was good."
M/S Demonstrators
M/S Tractors with signs
C/U Sign (German): "Frau Schulze, climate and insect protection work only together"
M/S Tractors driving on streets
W/S Tractors driving by police car
M/S Demonstration at Gansemarkt
SCRIPT
Farmers drove some 3,500 tractors through the streets of Hamburg on Thursday to rally against Germany's environmental, agricultural, and trade policy, heavily disrupting traffic in the city in the process.
The protest was organised to coincide with the Environment Ministers Conference, which was also taking place in the city. The environment ministers of the federal and state governments will be discussing climate protection, marine waste, and insecticide use, among other topics on Thursday and Friday.
"They are saying that they are the scapegoats, that they are suffering from the policy as it is right now, and we say that money coming from Brussels, the subsidies, because there is so much money coming from Brussels and that money has to be spent in a way that farmers can actually transition to a better and more sustainable way," said Greenpeace supporter Chistiane Huxdorff.
Protesters gathered at the city's Gansemarkt, where they listened to speeches. Speakers included the Social Democratic Party of Germany's (SPD) Agriculture Minister from Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Till Backhaus and the Saxon State Minister for the Environment and Agriculture Thomas Schmidt.