The tractors are rolling: In Germany, farmers have been demonstrating against the traffic light policy since Monday morning. Essentially, it is about abolishing the vehicle tax exemption for vehicles used in agriculture and abolishing diesel subsidies for farmers. Originally, an immediate cancellation of the tax refund for fuel was planned, but the federal government withdrew this after protests.
Among other things, rallies, blockades and rallyes were announced in all 16 federal states - including traffic chaos. The German Farmers' Association called in advance for peaceful and democratic actions and warned, among other things, to avoid using gallows as a symbol of protest. Nevertheless, there is concern that right-wing extremists, among others, will take part in the protests and use or reinterpret them for their own purposes. There are blatant calls for an illegal political general strike and a violent coup on relevant websites and messenger groups.
What is the current situation in Germany? We will keep you up to date on all developments in the stern news blog.