French Milk Producers Appear in Court

FRANCE - Nine French milk producers appeared in court earlier this month, charged with property damage in connection with the milk strike in 2009.
calendar icon 18 October 2012
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During the strike the regional Chamber of Agriculture was occupied by incensed milk producers and milk was dumped, because the chamber had opposed the dairy farmers’ demands. After the direct action the then Chairman of the Chamber arbitrarily informed the police on nine predominantly young farmers, who are now on trial.

As the trial took place, nearly 500 dairy farmers showed their solidarity with the accused farmers by demonstrating outside the court building.

The defendants said that they were acting in self-defence, against misguided policy in Paris and Brussels. The behaviour of French and European politicians was criticised.

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