Thousands of farmers, supporters take to streets in Germany demanding climate-friendly agriculture
19 January 2019, Berlin: Participants of a demonstration protest at the Brandenburg Gate under the motto ‘We are fed up with agricultural industry’. On the occasion of the agricultural fair Green Week several thousand people demonstrate in Berlin for more environmental and animal protection in agriculture. Photo: Ralf Hirschberger/dpa (Photo by Ralf Hirschberger/picture alliance via Getty Images) picture alliance | picture alliance | Getty Images
Thousands of farmers from across Germany and their supporters protested at Berlin’s landmark Brandenburg Gate on Saturday, calling for climate-friendly agriculture and healthy food.
Organizers say 170 tractors drove in from farms around the country to join 35,000 other protesters for the Saturday demonstration under the motto “we are fed up with the agricultural industry.” Among other things, the protesters called for more animal welfare and protection.
The protest was called to coincide with the German capital’s “Green Week” agricultural fair, and Agriculture Minister Julia Kloeckner’s meetings with dozens of countries about more international cooperation on agricultural issues, the dpa news agency reported.
The protesters say the message to Kloeckner and the others is that “farm work on the land, in the fields and in the stables is something very valuable and worthy of protection.”