At 7:00 a.m. this Tuesday, hundreds of tractors began a march to Mercabarna and the port of Tarragona. At around 10:30 a.m. this Tuesday, the protests recorded the first effects on the road network of Catalonia, with cuts on roads such as the N-II, in Pontós (Girona) and slow marches on the AP-7, in Tarragona, while that the tractors have blocked one of the three access doors to Mercabarna.
In the main wholesale market for fresh markets in Catalonia, Mercabarna, the tractors have concentrated at the entrance door on Prat de Llobregat (Barcelona), and have left the other two free at the request of the Mossos d’Esquadra to guarantee the essential activity, as reported by sources from this entity. Among other conflict points on the road network, farmers with their tractors are leading a slow march on the AP-7, between Vila-seca and Vinyols i els Arcs, in Tarragona, which is causing traffic jams, according to the Servei Català de Trànsit ( SCT).
In Tarragona, tractors circulate from El Vendrell, La Bisbal del Penedès and Rodenyà towards Valls, and on the AP-7 there is a slow march on the AP-7 highway between Camarles and L’Ampolla, towards Tarragona, according to Servei Catalan Transit.
📢🚜We ask you for caution because agricultural movements cause the cutting of several roads.
➡️A-4 La Campana.➡️A-471R1 Vetaherrado.➡️A-406 Villanueva de San Juan.➡️SE-9223, SE-9225 and SE-9224 Algamitas.➡️A-451 El Saucejo. pic.twitter.com/daZcUvtV1U
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On the AP-7, some tractors have momentarily cut off the AP-7, near Borrassà-Vilafant, in Girona. In Pontós, some farmers have burned stubble on the road.
The A-2 also has problems due to the circulation of tractors near Sant Joan Despí, in Barcelona. With these actions, the farmers maintain the pulse that began last week across a large part of the Catalan territory and that culminated on Wednesday with a large tractor unit that entered the city of Barcelona.
Hundreds of tractors have been slow marching from various points in Catalonia since 7:00 a.m. this Tuesday with the intention of blocking the access to Mercabarna and the port of Tarragona, and cutting off the AP-7 at the French border.https://t. co/XDJgFwV0mL pic.twitter.com/0aviVOYpZp
— EFE Noticias (@EFEnoticias) February 13, 2024
They demand support and an end to unfair competition
Farmers demand support for the excessive costs and the effects of the drought, strategic plans of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) adapted to the Mediterranean reality and ending unfair competition from products imported from outside the EU, in addition to demanding put an end to abuses in the food chain and excess bureaucracy and prices at source above costs.