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18-year-old gets up at 5 a.m. to demonstrate in Munich: "Not taking part would be stupid"

2024-01-08T12:49:56.636Z

Highlights: 18-year-old gets up at 5 a.m. to demonstrate in Munich: "Not taking part would be stupid" Thousands of farmers came to Munich on Monday to protest against the plans of the traffic light government. The protests were triggered by planned cuts in the agricultural sector. The federal government had already relented as a result of the resistance of farmers and wants to maintain the vehicle tax exemption for agricultural vehicles. The abolition of the agricultural diesel subsidy, on the other hand, is to remain, albeit extended to three years.



Status: 08.01.2024, 13:38 PM

By: Lukas Schierlinger

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The 18-year-old Nevio traveled with his tractor to the protest in Munich. © Lcs

Thousands of farmers came to Munich on Monday to protest against the plans of the traffic light government. 18-year-old Nevio was also there.

Munich – "Now is really the time when we can do something," says Nevio K. The 18-year-old came to downtown Munich with his tractor on Monday (8 January). According to the police, around 11 a.m., about 8000,<> demonstrators had gathered for a rally at Odeonsplatz. Throughout Germany, the farmers' protests on Monday, which were accompanied by rallies, caused some far-reaching traffic disruptions.

18-year-old at farmers' protest in Munich: "It's not just about agricultural diesel and vehicle tax"

The protests were triggered by planned cuts in the agricultural sector. The federal government had already relented as a result of the resistance of farmers and wants to maintain the vehicle tax exemption for agricultural vehicles. The abolition of the agricultural diesel subsidy, on the other hand, is to remain, albeit extended to three years.

"It's not just about agricultural diesel and road tax," says Nevio, explaining his motivation to travel to Munich for the protest. "It's getting worse and worse," the 18-year-old sends serious accusations in the direction of the traffic light government, whose backing he misses. He comes from an equestrian centre with 25 horses in Oberneul near Dasing (Aichach-Friedberg district). He came to the demonstration at Odeonsplatz with his girlfriend. "It would be stupid not to go along with that."

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"I think it's great what we can achieve as a farmers' association," says Nevio as he looks at all the other tractors. "Hope hasn't died, otherwise I wouldn't be here." He took extra time off for Monday. "I got up at 5 a.m. A quarter of an hour later we actually wanted to leave, but then we still had problems with the battery. Then another farmer was there to help us." At 6.30 a.m. we finally set off in the direction of Munich.

On the stage at Odeonsplatz, the president of the Bavarian Farmers' Association, Günther Felßner, clearly distanced himself from the extremist dimensions of the protests in his speech in the morning: "We farmers are not chaotic." He expressed his gratitude to the police, who made peaceful and orderly assemblies possible throughout Bavaria.

He also condemned the blockade of a ferry last week, on which Economics Minister Robert Habeck (Greens) was located, in the strongest possible terms: "We do not stand for that. We stand for peaceful protest." Assembly leader Martin Wunderlich asked the participants to refrain from carrying "weapons and pitchforks" – and was met with laughter from the audience. Green MP Karl Bär was greeted on stage in a less friendly manner. As a representative of the traffic light government, he tried to enter into dialogue with the demonstrators.

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