Protests of Spanish growers intensify

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The protests by Spanish agricultural producers, which started four weeks ago, are becoming more intense. In the demonstration held on Wednesday in Granada, four protesters were arrested and taken to police stations for assaulting a group of agents after the accidental run over of one of them; a brawl that has resulted in four wounded.

In Jaén, eight people have already been arrested and 27 others are investigated in connection with the highway blockades that took place on January 30. Most of the arrests, according to sources close to the investigation, have happened as a result of the blockade of motorway A-4 in Despeñaperros; an action that was neither requested nor authorized by the Government Sub-delegation.

While demonstrations and tractors continue to take the streets in other parts of Spain, several regional presidents have shared their views about the problem by publicly supporting the agricultural sector:

– The Government of Navarre said that the demands of the primary sector are “absolutely necessary and logical.” This has led the Navarrese Executive to take measures and present some of them to the Ministry of Agriculture itself.

– The president of Catalonia, Quim Torra, announced this Wednesday in Lleida that he will convene a meeting with mayors and representatives of agricultural producers in order to “evaluate the current situation and offer support to the sector to prepare for the future.”

– The Andalusian president, Juanma Moreno, has shown his support to the protesters, who are “right to be angry” and are part of a sector that is considered “strategic” for Andalusia.

– The president of Murcia, Fernando López Miras, said that he will “back the producers” in their claims, but “respect the sector’s request not to have political or institutional representatives at the demonstration this Friday in the regional capital.

For their part, the agricultural organizations Asaja, COAG and UPA will continue to hold meetings with the Government and with the different parties to reach agreements, so that the problems of the primary sector can be resolved.

Source: efeagro.com

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