70,000 Polish farmers shut down borders, protest EU’s policies
Polish farmers say enough is enough.

Mike Campbell

March 20, 2024

Tens of thousands of Polish farmers have shut down the country, blocking hundreds of border crossings in protest of the EU’s policies related to supporting Ukraine.

70,000 Polish farmers shut down borders, protest EU’s policies

Videos show hundreds of tractors lined up on the highways blocking borders with Germany and Ukraine, while also blocking access routes to major cities including Warsaw.

“Throughout the country today more than 580 protests are planned, with nearly 70,000 people estimated to take part,” a police statement read.

The country’s farmer protests started last year in November. They escalated last month where 10,000 farmers protested in Warsaw, and in the south they blocked some border crossings with Slovakia. 

Now, they’ve reportedly blocked hundreds of border crossings between them and Ukraine, as well as their shared border with Germany.

According to France 24, the organizers stated “We as farmers will not give up so long as our demands are not fully met.”

What specifically are they protesting?

The Polish economy has been decimated by the war in a few ways. Farmers are fed up with the impacts. 

For example, the EU removed tariffs on Ukrainian goods passing through its territory by road to help them out economically, but this has created a surplus of grain in Poland and consequently lowered the cost of food. 

Seaborne agriculture trade has been significantly affected by the war as well. 

In response to the farmer protests that have been happening across a number of European countries for weeks, the EU is considering changes to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). These changes still require negotiation between EU member states and the European Parliament.

More to come…

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