According to the Cloppenburg police, around 100 farmers were still there with their tractors on Monday afternoon. One of their spokesmen said the action should continue indefinitely. The farmers demand a discussion with Lidl management because they are of the opinion that they are getting too low a share of the sales price for their products.
Farmers bypass police barriers
At times around 500 farmers took part in the spontaneous demonstration. They first met on Sunday evening at Bundesstrasse 72. When the police tried to stop them, they bypassed the barriers and stood in the entrance and exit of the central warehouse.
Further demonstrations in Emstek, Westerkappeln and Sulingen
Other farmers gathered in front of a farm in Emstek (Cloppenburg district) and in front of a Lidl warehouse in Westerkappeln (North Rhine-Westphalia) near Osnabrück. On Monday lunchtime, the Mittelweser people demonstrated in Sulingen with 150 tugs against the Lower Saxony State Agency for Water Management, Coastal and Nature Conservation (NLWKN). The farmers accuse the NLWKN that its nitrate measuring points led to unfair fertilization bans for the farmers.
Farmers see their existence threatened
The farmers’ protest is directed against the pricing of the large supermarket chains. Agriculture in Germany is currently being hit against the wall, said a spokesman. Farmers already had one on Friday Edeka central warehouse blocked in the Ammerland district. The reason was cheap offers for dairy products. Farmers have long been demanding more money for milk and meat.