Farmers disrupt traffic to Belgium’s major ports in protest of environmental rules


Brussels: farmers Another demonstration on Thursday disrupted traffic around Europe's second-largest port, Antwerp, and two other Belgian ports in protest against what they say are excessive environmental regulations.
Dozens of tractors disrupted traffic to and from port facilities during the morning rush hour, although they moved away from a full blockade after port authorities warned they would hold them legally liable for the damage.
Farmers from 27 countries European Union They have protested against what they see as unnecessary bureaucratic regulations, clean air and soil goals, and unfair competition from foreign countries, which they say is driving them toward this end. bankruptcy, EU countries and environmentalists have said sweeping reforms to the way EU farms are needed to curb climate change and pollution and meet global green targets.
Farmers say their sector has been unfairly singled out and that greater measures should instead be taken on the industry.
Last week, Poland saw its most violent protests yet by farmers and supporters, as some participants threw stones at police and tried to push through barriers around the parliament, injuring several officers. Last month, militants clashed with police belgium A show of force took place outside the EU headquarters as EU agriculture ministers met to seek ways to address protesters' concerns.
The tractor protests have had a surprising impact on political decision making. At national and EU levels, several concessions have already been made towards farmers, angering environmentalists.

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