Tractors clog streets of Barcelona as farmers protest across EU

Farmers drive their tractors during a protest over farmers' conditions and European agricultural policy on the highway, north of Barcelona, on February 7, 2024.(Photo by AFP)

Around a thousand farmers slowly drive their tractors through the streets of Barcelona as part of a Europe-wide movement in protest at their working conditions.

"We have come because the bureaucracy is suffocating us," says Joan Maia Sala, a 45-year-old farmer.

Angry farmers have been protesting across Europe over rising costs, high fuel prices, bureaucracy, and the environmental requirements in the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and its forthcoming "Green Deal."

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