AgroUnii farmers finish blocking roads on Thursday. According to the leader of AgroUnia, Michał Kołodziejczak, despite the lack of a meeting with Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, “the blockades were a huge success”. He announced that further protests are to be organized in September.
On Tuesday morning, farmers started a protest, during which, within 48 hours, they blocked roads or made it difficult to travel on them in 14 places in the following voivodeships: Wielkopolskie, Łódzkie, Mazowieckie, Podkarpackie, Małopolskie, Kujawsko-Pomorskie and Lubelskie.
Part of the blockades ended on Wednesday, but 48-hour protests were announced in several places. In Wielkopolska’s Nowe Miasto on the Warta River, the farmers’ picket on the national road number 11 started on Tuesday and ended on Thursday at 8.
AgroUnia – protests
The protesters wanted to talk to Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki about the situation in agriculture. The demonstrators prepared a total of 21 items for talks with the head of government. – Nobody has spoken to us, there are no signals, the prime minister is ignoring us – said the leader of AgroUnia Michał Kołodziejczak during the Thursday press conference in Nowe Miasto on the Warta.
He thanked the protesters. – Thank you for being on the road. It is not a pleasure – he emphasized. Kołodziejczak assessed that the protest, despite the lack of a meeting with the head of government, turned out to be a success. – We really had a zero-one situation: either there will be a prime minister and there will be politicians who will be interested, or people will see that they are simply nobody in the eyes of politicians – he said.
– These blockades were a huge success because farmers could exchange experiences and ideas for the next time. And we know we are even stronger after these two days. The next steps will be even more effective and even stronger. Not necessarily in those places on the road where we are now. But we have a very good idea what to do next – said the leader of AgroUnii
Kołodziejczak added that further protests are to be organized in September. He admitted that other professional groups could take part in them.
Main photo source: PAP / Jakub Kaczmarczyk