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.
GV Tractors parked in Vienna street
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MV ZOOM BACK farmers reading newspapers in banner-covered tractor
SV PAN car with loud hailer drives past line of parked tractors
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CU Street sign: "Ballhaus" TILT DOWN to line of policemen
LV & MV Mr. Maurer speaking to farmers
GV Crowd of farmers listening
CU Sign "Welcome to Province of Antwerp" PAN TO LV tractors on roadside
GV Police van drives past tractors
CU Poster on tractor
SV Tractors past camera and traffic jam (3 shots)
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Background: 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.