Czech farmers to join European counterparts in border protests

Several hundred Czech farmers will join their European counterparts in protesting against high energy costs, cheap goods from Ukraine, stifling bureaucracy and the European Union's Green Deal at a number of border crossings on Thursday.  In the South Bohemia region, about three hundred tractors and other agricultural machinery will set off for the border in the early morning hours slowing down traffic and farmers reportedly plan to briefly block the Czech-German border crossing  in Strážne in the Prachatice region and the border crossing to Austria in Dolní Dvořiště.

Hundreds of Czech farmers drove their tractors into central Prague at the start of the week, but the Agricultural Chamber and several other farmers’ organizations distanced themselves from the protest, saying it had been hijacked by pro-Russian and anti-government figures.