Germany faces the biggest farmer protests in decades. The demands represented there are so far to the right that they are supported by the AfD (right-wing radical party) as the only federal party.
The initiative “Land creates connection” writes on its website: “We organize ourselves, we are under no association, no organization, no institution. We are simply farmers “.
But! In an internal Internet chat of the demo initiative, whose protocol is the “taz”, writes the vice president of the Schleswig-Holstein regional association, “the farmers’ association has supported this action all the time”.
The appearance of independence is important to the movement because it increases its credibility.
The point is that this will not be the demonstration of politicians, as has been the case for decades, but of “farmers who want to take their destiny into their own hands,” as the initiative writes, inspired by the Dutch peasant protests and the Internet education.
Thus, the Facebook group of the same name has won more than 14,000 members in about two weeks.
The farmers advertise for themselves now with such stupid gibberish posters! half english/ half german, who should take it seriously?
In terms of content, however, the initiative with the farmers’ association is in line: Both reject the “agricultural package” of the Federal Government.
The Cabinet wants to prohibit the weed killer glyphosate, which is suspected of causing cancer, from 2024 onwards and all weed killers as well as particularly harmful insecticides in most nature reserves – especially in order to reduce insect killing.
In addition, more agricultural subsidies, which have so far been paid mainly for land ownership, are intended to finance environmental projects by farmers.
“The agrarian package endangers peasant family farms,” said the initiative. Because less pesticides and area payments mean economic losses.
The Federal Agriculture Ministry replies to such allegations that pesticide bans are limited to certain arable crops and 158,000 hectares of arable land.
Well, the demo initiators are also turning against the planned tightening of the fertilizer ordinance. The plants would then get too few nutrients.
The Ministry of Agriculture replied that the groundwater was too heavily contaminated with harmful nitrate in several places. The substance comes mainly from fertilizers. Germany must reduce the burden, because otherwise it would have to pay a penalty for years of violations of the EU Nitrates Directive.
The demo organizers also criticize “the permanent negative sentimentalism, the peasant bashing” by politics and non-governmental organizations.
And now it`s be funny: the organizers, however, have a problem with the Federal Association of German milk farmers. When they pointed out in a press release on the demo, the organizers demanded in harsh YouTube videos that the group withdraws its statement.
Finally it was planned that no federations participate. Unlike the demo initiators, the dairy farmer association has acknowledged “the need for significant change” in agriculture.
The German milk farmers demanded that “the anti-competitive market superiority of the buyers of our products should be limited in order to be able to obtain prices for our products which correspond to their high value”.
But the demo organizers do not want to know about “fair prices.” In a chat, they issued the rule: “no posters with fair prices,” etc.
As in the AfD milieu (right-wing party of Germany), the mistrust of “the media” and environmentalists is great, even among the demo organizers.
In an official code of conduct, the group requires participants to: “Do not participate in discussions with activists” and: “Refer the media as much as possible to the visible and appointed persons (press spokesman) of the organization.”
The organizers expect next Tuesday- in Bonn alone- according to police with 8,000 to 10,000 participants and 700 tractors.
My comment:- German farmers have made howling a profession:
– They express their solidarity with the far-right party of Germany.
– They also want to be free for using of pesticides, glyphosate and nitrate toxins in nature reserves without control
– They practice miserable domestic conditions for “useful” animals
– They poison our groundwater
-They have not suggested solutions, just leave everything as it was, and then …
– they howl !!!
No word about it, how do they see the climate catastrophe? How do they see the mass extinction, what contribution does agriculture make to this?
How do they think this can be reduced?
They want to ban the dialogue with animal rights activists during the demo, because for the farmers it is inconceivable that people do something good out of conviction.
They play the victims, they are the oppressed, the discriminated, the exploited … in international competition, the German farmer is always there and ahead.
It has to end someday, it is sick!
My best regards to all, Venus