Picture story: Belgian farmers demonstrate with fire and tractors

Liege protests

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Taking a leaf out of their French counterparts’ book, Belgian dairy farmers staged a fiery protest at Liege Airport on Tuesday night (18 August).

Organised by milk producer group Milcherzeuger Interessengemeinschaft (MIG), some 350 tractors were assembled and fires lit, blocking access to the airport.

The demonstration was timed to put pressure on Belgian politicians ahead of a crisis meeting this Friday (21 August). The farmers complained that low milk prices were driving small, family farms out of business.

The following pictures give a flavour of the evening’s activities:

Liege protest

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Liege Protest

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Liege protest

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Liege protest

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Liege protest

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The Beligian demo followed action last week by over 1,000 producers with 500 tractors at Lalin in northern Spain, and a similar event by French farmers, armed with trailer loads of dung, at Calvados in Brittany.

The European Milk Board is planning a major demonstration in Brussels, outside the EU Council building in Brussels on 7 September, to coincide with an emergency meeting of farm ministers to discuss the problems of low prices.

See also: Pictures that sum up French farmer demos