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Spain: No tears over this spilt milk! Farmers crash Carrefour supermarket00:39

Spain: No tears over this spilt milk! Farmers crash Carrefour supermarket

Spain, Valladolid
August 21, 2015 at 08:07 GMT +00:00 · Published

Around one hundred farmers protested outside a Carrefour supermarket in Valladolid, Friday, pouring litres of French milk outside the outlet, demanding fairer prices for Spanish dairy producers. Several of the demonstrators burned French flags.

The demonstration was organised by the Alliance for the Rural Unity, made up of the Union of Agricultural Produces (UPA) and the Coordinator of Organizations of Farmers and Ranchers (COAG) trade unions, and agricultural cooperative Urcacyl. The group later invaded the supermarket, spilling milk around the supermarket. They were reportedly ejected by police, but without incident.

The French chain store was specifically targeted for selling French milk at €0.90 ($1), while in Spain the same product is sold at €0.50 ($0.60), making farmers sell their produce below production costs.

Agricultural workers in Spain have had to contend with cutbacks and restrictions caused by the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), as well as recent changes in the market caused by EU (European Union) sanctions upon Russia, to which in turn Russia banned EU imports. In 2013, Russia imported €6.1 billion ($6.7 billion) of meat and meat products in total. The largest suppliers came from now-banned countries like Denmark (6.6% of total Russian meat products) and Germany (6.4%).

Spain: No tears over this spilt milk! Farmers crash Carrefour supermarket00:39
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Around one hundred farmers protested outside a Carrefour supermarket in Valladolid, Friday, pouring litres of French milk outside the outlet, demanding fairer prices for Spanish dairy producers. Several of the demonstrators burned French flags.

The demonstration was organised by the Alliance for the Rural Unity, made up of the Union of Agricultural Produces (UPA) and the Coordinator of Organizations of Farmers and Ranchers (COAG) trade unions, and agricultural cooperative Urcacyl. The group later invaded the supermarket, spilling milk around the supermarket. They were reportedly ejected by police, but without incident.

The French chain store was specifically targeted for selling French milk at €0.90 ($1), while in Spain the same product is sold at €0.50 ($0.60), making farmers sell their produce below production costs.

Agricultural workers in Spain have had to contend with cutbacks and restrictions caused by the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), as well as recent changes in the market caused by EU (European Union) sanctions upon Russia, to which in turn Russia banned EU imports. In 2013, Russia imported €6.1 billion ($6.7 billion) of meat and meat products in total. The largest suppliers came from now-banned countries like Denmark (6.6% of total Russian meat products) and Germany (6.4%).