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Spain: See mass fruit giveaway at anti-EU protest in Zaragoza01:17

Spain: See mass fruit giveaway at anti-EU protest in Zaragoza

Spain, Zaragoza
August 23, 2014 at 19:55 GMT +00:00 · Published

Fruit growers from several agricultural unions gave away over 5,000 kilogrammes (11,023 pounds) of peaches during the “Save the Peaches” rally in Plaza del Pilar, Zaragoza, in protest against the EU’s attitude towards the Russian ban on European foodstuffs, Saturday.

According to the Union de Pequenos Agricultores y Ganaderos (UPA), one of the trade unions behind the past week's demonstrations around the country, the Spanish farmers are feeling abandoned by both the EU and their national government following Russia's decision to ban the import of their products.

Agricultural organisations UAGA, ASAJA Aragón and local agri-food co-operatives met with hundreds of locals to raise awareness of the difficulties that the region’s farmers are facing, and to appeal to the government to take the lead on the issue.

The Russian food ban includes all meat, dairy, cheese, fruit and vegetables from the EU. The hardest hit countries in the 28 member bloc will be Poland, Spain and the Netherlands.

Spain: See mass fruit giveaway at anti-EU protest in Zaragoza01:17
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Fruit growers from several agricultural unions gave away over 5,000 kilogrammes (11,023 pounds) of peaches during the “Save the Peaches” rally in Plaza del Pilar, Zaragoza, in protest against the EU’s attitude towards the Russian ban on European foodstuffs, Saturday.

According to the Union de Pequenos Agricultores y Ganaderos (UPA), one of the trade unions behind the past week's demonstrations around the country, the Spanish farmers are feeling abandoned by both the EU and their national government following Russia's decision to ban the import of their products.

Agricultural organisations UAGA, ASAJA Aragón and local agri-food co-operatives met with hundreds of locals to raise awareness of the difficulties that the region’s farmers are facing, and to appeal to the government to take the lead on the issue.

The Russian food ban includes all meat, dairy, cheese, fruit and vegetables from the EU. The hardest hit countries in the 28 member bloc will be Poland, Spain and the Netherlands.