Demonstrations have been staged across the country, demanding an end to the flow of cheap Ukrainian produce
Traffic in cities and town across Poland was severely obstructed on Friday as farmers staged protests over what they consider to be unfair competition from cheap Ukrainian produce, as well as the EU's green policies. Over the past few months, Polish agricultural workers have also repeatedly blocked the border with Ukraine.
The month of January saw similar demonstrations in other EU nations, including Germany, France, and the Netherlands, over Brussels' climate policies which have led to fuel price hikes. German farmers have been demanding that Chancellor Olaf Scholz reverse the proposed scrapping of a diesel fuel subsidy worth as much as €3,000 ($3,260) annually.
The authorities in neighboring France withdrew plans to cut similar subsidies after farmers blocked a major highway near Paris last month.
Organized by the Solidarity trade union, Friday's protest affected around 260 localities across Poland, with thousands of farmers blocking or slowing down traffic with tractors and other heavy machinery. They also blocked several border crossings with Ukraine.