Thousands of German farmers took to the streets on Monday, blocking highways, because the federal government led by Olaf Scholz will implement austerity measures in the agricultural sector. It turns out that the majority of Germans support the demonstrations, according to what was reported Bild.
The protesters' main demand is that the government not reduce agricultural subsidies in this year's budget
🇩🇪#Germany Amazing footage from a farmers' demonstration in Germany.
German farmers' protests are gaining momentum. They demand that the government not impose new taxes or increase diesel prices. Farmers blocked city streets with hundreds of tractors.#Farmers' protest pic.twitter.com/3y9wtq9YQf
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German polling organization INSA commissioned Bild newspaper to conduct a survey on the social perception of agricultural demonstrations. A total of 1,001 citizens were interviewed on January 8, 2024.
The research revealed that 69 percent of those surveyed support farmers' protest against the planned restrictions.
The greatest support comes from the right: 88% of AfD voters believe that demonstrations are appropriate. But other participants also sympathize with the farmers' actions.
The last time roads were closed in Germany was when climate activists demonstrated against the federal government. BILD magazine investigated which protests affect the German people more: climate activists or farmers?
The results show that more than half of respondents (64 percent) sympathize with farmers' aspirations, while only 11 percent understand the goals of climate protesters. However, the vast majority of Green voters side with climate activists (41 percent). Only 20 percent of farmers support the blockade imposed on Monday.