© Reuters. Farmers and truck drivers collect outdoors Atletico Madrid stadium to vote a strike in each sectors throughout a fifth day of protests throughout the nation, in Madrid, Spain. February 10, 2024. REUTERS/Catarina Demony
MADRID (Reuters) – Spanish police on Saturday clashed with a gaggle of farmers and truck drivers in Madrid as they tried to entry a principal street in a bid to dam it, one of a number of protests sweeping the European Union in opposition to the bloc’s environmental guidelines and what employees see as extreme taxes and crimson tape.
A gaggle representing drivers, Plataforma Nacional, and a newly created farmers’ group, Plataforma 6-F, on Saturday got here collectively to collectively demand motion from Spanish and European leaders. They declare guidelines to guard the surroundings make them much less aggressive in comparison with different areas.
Members of each teams, waving Spanish flags, sporting yellow vests and shouting ‘Viva Espana’, gathered in a parking lot close to the Atletico de Madrid stadium and voted in favour of becoming a member of forces. They will protest collectively from now on.
“The government is forcing us to take measures that mean products will unfortunately not get to consumers in time. That is why we are calling on politicians to take responsibility and do something,” mentioned Manuel Hernandez, head of the Plataforma Nacional, representing truck drivers.
Since Tuesday, Spanish farmers have joined their counterparts from Germany, France, Italy, Portugal and Belgium in each day protests that embody blocking a number of highways and ports.
Shortly after the vote, lots of of protesters walked across the Madrid stadium after which tried to entry a principal freeway by way of a dust street. Using pressure, dozens of police officers managed to cease them from doing so.
Later a gaggle of round 200 protesters tried to assemble outdoors the headquarters of Spain’s ruling Socialist social gathering, however a big police presence prevented them from getting too shut.
Both teams vowed to maintain protesting, in Madrid and throughout the nation, till their calls for had been met.