Thousands of farmers, many on their tractors, launched a warning protest across Lithuania on Tuesday against the government's planned tax changes.
Ūkininkų protestas Lazdijuose
© Romas Sadauskas – Kvietkevičius

Julija Samorokovskaja, a Vilnius police spokeswoman, told BNS a "tractorcade" of 51 vehicles, escorted by police, was moving along the capital's streets.

According to Ignas Jankauskas, head of administration of the Association of Lithuanian Grain Growers, around 2,000 to 3,000 tractors were expected to join the protest.

In the district of Kaunas, some 150 tractors were parked at 11 a.m. on several roads leading to the Via Baltica and A1 motorways.

"This is a warning protest that started with the green cross initiative and has brought farmers together," he told BNS. "We want to show the authorities that farmers are united."

Farmers demand that taxes are not increased until the direct payments they receive reach the EU average.

Farmers started their protest in mid-November by erecting green crosses in their fields.

According to Jankauskas, around 10,000 such crosses have been erected across Lithuania.

It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.

Ryanair announces new route from Kaunas (2)

Ryanair announced a new Kaunas route to Zadar in Croatia , with a twice weekly service commencing...

Doctors from Kaunas Clinics hope for gamma knife economic return over the next couple of years

Neurosurgeons from Kaunas Clinics in Lithuania's second largest city of Kaunas are very happy with...

World’s first digital collector coin to feature signatories of the Act of Independence

The world‘s first blockchain -based digital collector coin created by the Bank of Lithuania is...

Norwegian specialised bank gets licence in Lithuania

Following the assessment and proposal of the Bank of Lithuania , AB Fjord Bank has been granted a...

MG Baltic wins reputation damage case against MP

Vilnius Regional Court on Tuesday ruled that a court of lower instance justly ruled early this year...