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The border crossing in Medyka is no longer blocked by farmers

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The blockade of the border crossing in Medyka in Podkarpacie has ended. Farmers from the “Podkarpacka deceived village”, who had been blocking this crossing for a month, suspended their protest for Christmas.

As Roman Kondrów, the leader of the “Podkarpacka cheated village”, told PAP on Sunday morning, the protest was suspended but not ended. – If we do not receive a letter from the Prime Minister assuring that our demands will be met, we will go back to lockdown at the beginning of next year, on January 2 or 3. That’s why we left everything at the site of our blockade, our tent, flags, everything is ready to return if necessary, said Kondrów.

The passage in Medyka is no longer blocked

Farmers announced the suspension of the protest on Saturday, after talks with the Minister of Agriculture, Czesław Siekierski, who came to Medyka. He assured that the three most important demands of farmers will be met, but it will take time, because some of them have been included in next year’s budget, which is to be adopted in January next year.

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The unblocking of the crossing was confirmed in an interview with PAP by the press officer of the Przemyśl police, Asst. Joanna Golisz. “Indeed, farmers are no longer on lockdown,” she added.

Farmers from the “Podkarpacka deceived village” started blocking the crossing in Medyka on November 23 this year. They demand, among others: subsidies for corn, additional money for liquidity loans and maintaining the agricultural tax at the current level next year.

Queues in front of the crossing

As she reported on Sunday National Tax Administration, the estimated waiting time for truck drivers to cross the border in Medyka is approximately 77 hours. Bus drivers have to wait two hours and passenger cars have to wait three hours. There are approximately 500 trucks waiting in line at this crossing.

However, at the crossing in Korczowa, where the carriers’ protest is still ongoing and trucks are not allowed to pass, coaches have to wait 11 hours and passenger cars have to wait eight hours.

Both coaches and passenger cars wait at the crossing in Budomierz for two hours. At the crossing in Krościenko, where cars weighing up to 7.5 tons are allowed to check in, drivers of these cars have to wait for about 1 hour to check in.

Main photo source: PAP/Darek Delmanowicz



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