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September 28, 2021

Cluj: Gendarmes and stock growers clash at protests

Livestock growers protested in front of the Cluj Prefecture yesterday, unhappy with the subsidies paid by the government. At some point, seeing that their request to speak to PM Emil Boc on the phone or to set up an appointment with him in Bucharest had remained unanswered, demonstrators broke through the safety chain formed by the public order forces and blocked motor traffic in front of the institution. Cluj gendarmes used tear gas sprays and batons to prevent the protesters from occupying the entire area. The demonstrators eventually agreed to clear the street after the prefect had promised the PM had agreed to see them on Friday.

The President of the Stock Growers Federation, Mircea Ciurea, said that, should their demands not be satisfied during their talks to PM Boc, the following week they would block traffic on major roads in all counties. Federation Vice-President Claudiu Franc is quoted by Mediafax as saying that the farmers’ number one demand was the payment of the per-capita subsidy by 2013, something that the Ministry of Agriculture refuses to do. He says cattle growers are at the end of the rope and have to either close down or sell their animals.

Franc also accuses the Ministry of Agriculture of having returned EUR 1 M to the EU because of its own incapacity to spend the EUR 5 M allocated to Romania as financial aid for stock growers.

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