The protests of farmers and ranchers that started in Galicia, Aragon and the Basque Country at the end of January continue. Already they have filled the streets of several Spanish cities in these three weeks complaining about the amounts paid in their products. After the last day of mobilizations in Extremadura, this February 19 have been launched to the center of Granada and Pamplona. In both calls, the motto was still ‘Fair prices for a living field’ and they were convened by different organizations of the sector.
In Granada, about 750 tractors and 200 buses have traveled the main streets of the city during the morning. They have been arriving in five columns distributed by the entrances of the Andalusian city from Iznalloz, Padul, Moraleda de Zafayona, Ventas de Huelma and Pinos Puente. In its path, different vehicles have been added. In total, the conveners have encrypted the protest at 20,000 people.
It has begun in front of the Delegation of Agriculture. Attendees have crossed the center of the capital of Granada until, around two in the afternoon, they have finished at the roundabout in Neptune.
The protests of the countryside continue against the party of the cosmopolitan urban planners, against those who leave their village to give themselves to minorities and other policies that do not protect the Spaniards. Honor to the farmers of Granada, we continue #ElCampoSeDefiende pic.twitter.com/jEVQxSdenW
– Eloy Galiano (@Eloy__Jaen) February 19, 2020
The cuts were scheduled to last a couple more hours. The organizing associations —Asaja, COAG, UPA, Infaoliva, Agro-food Cooperatives of Granada and Ecohal— have said that it was an act “to make history”. As reported by the Government Sub-Delegation in Granada, the A-44 has collapsed in the direction of Motril and the A-92G has also suffered mileage retention.
Crowds of municipalities in the province have supported it with a playful atmosphere, with a general strike. “The field does not stop” has been the most repeated scream, accompanied by whistle whistles and horns. The city, having ventured since the Government Subdelegation of Granada, will remain virtually impassable for a good part of the day. One hundred Civil Guard agents and more than half of the Local Police will watch over the day to ensure safety and make traffic as smooth as possible.
“We have been warning for months of a profitability crisis that seriously affects farmers. The Granada countryside, like other provinces, unanimously represented by its agrarian organizations, federations and associations, has mobilized to get administrations to articulate urgent measures and they take it as a state problem, “they explained.
“Farmers and ranchers have left their farms today is to raise awareness of the entire society of the agony they suffer. Nobody likes to demonstrate and much less bother other citizens but when the situation is unsustainable there is no other choice but to ask for urgent solutions. We have been doing it for years and we are not heard, “the summoners have concluded.
In Pamplona, the picture has been repeated. Farmers, ranchers and workers in the primary sector of all points of Navarra have joined the concentration, convened by the unions UAGN (Union of Farmers and Cattlemen of Navarra) and UCAN (Union of Cooperatives Agroalimentarias de Navarra). The march came from two currents. One was on foot from the slope of Santo Domingo and crossing part of the route of the Sanferminero confinement (and white and red dresses characteristic).
The other, from the El Sadar stadium and composed of several hundred tractors. Both have gathered at the door of the Government delegation with a banner that read: “Without farmers and ranchers, who will feed you tomorrow?” They have also caused major changes in the operation of transport. José Mari Martínez, president of UCAN, and Félix Bariain, of the UAGN, have thanked the support and asked for “respect, solutions to our problems, that prices once and for all are corrected and that we are recognized as true guarantors of environment”. “If they want there to be live villages and farmers and ranchers in the villages, change the policies they have been exercising for 40 years,” they insisted, claiming that “you can’t pay in 2020 as 30 years ago“and that” firmness “in European Union tariffs is needed to save the sector.