© Reuters. Farmers and truck drivers collect exterior 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 bunch of farmers and truck drivers in Madrid as they tried to entry a most important highway in a bid to dam it, one in every of a number of protests sweeping the European Union in opposition to the bloc’s environmental guidelines and what staff 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 setting 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 any longer.
“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 most important freeway through a dust highway. Using drive, dozens of law enforcement officials managed to cease them from doing so.
Later a bunch of round 200 protesters tried to assemble exterior the headquarters of Spain’s ruling Socialist get together, 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 have been met.