• Short Summary

    For different reasons, but with the same ultimate aim, farmers in two European countries - Austria and Belgium - today (Friday, March 19) took their tractors to the streets and caused traffic chaos in demonstrations demanding better prices for their produce.

  • Description

    For different reasons, but with the same ultimate aim, farmers in two European countries - Austria and Belgium - today (Friday, March 19) took their tractors to the streets and caused traffic chaos in demonstrations demanding better prices for their produce. In Vienna, some 12,000 farmers first took their 6,000 tractors on an eight-hour drive along the city's three-mile (five-kilometre) ring road, then converged on the Ballhausplatz Government office of Chancellor Bruno Kreisky, demanding higher prices for milk and lower charges for diesel oil for their tractors. They were addressed by Lower Austria Governor Maurer.

    Meanwhile, at Wustwerel in Belgium, farmers drove some 300 tractors along the road to the Dutch border, protesting that farm price rises proposed by the Common Market Executive Commission for the 1971/72 season are insufficient to cope with rising costs. This demonstration is only one of several protests staged by farmers throughout the six-nation European Economic Community (EEC) - and next Tuesday (March 23), tens of thousands of farmers from all over Europe are expected to converge on Brussels in a massive last-minute attempt to put pressure on the Ministers to accept their claims.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAUSELG5265NZE87E6187VV6
    Media URN:
    VLVAUSELG5265NZE87E6187VV6
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/03/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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