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    Farmers’ Protests in Warsaw: Sakiewicz Sounds the Alarm on Industry’s Precarious Future

    Today, Warsaw stands witness to a formidable display of dissent as farmers converge to voice their grievances against what they perceive as the impending demise of their livelihoods. The sight of numerous tractors traversing the city streets not only signifies a local struggle but resonates with the concerns of an entire continent grappling with the repercussions of top-down regulations.

    At the forefront of this outcry is Tomasz Sakiewicz, editor-in-chief of “Gazeta Polska” and “Gazeta Polska Codziennie,” who took to the airwaves on TV Republika to issue a stark warning. “Today farmers, tomorrow miners, the day after tomorrow perhaps steelworkers?” he queried, painting a chilling picture of industries facing systematic dismantlement. Sakiewicz decried the lack of social and political consultation in decisions that he contends amount to the de facto liquidation of the agricultural sector.

    Amidst the backdrop of these protests loom broader apprehensions regarding EU policies, notably the Green Deal, and the influx of agricultural imports from Ukraine. Sakiewicz asserts that Polish agriculture has fallen victim to these regulations, with decisions formulated at the EU level neglecting their profound social and economic ramifications.

    “Most farmers were not cognizant of the cataclysmic repercussions these decisions would entail,” Sakiewicz remarked, underscoring the glaring disparity in production costs between EU and non-EU nations. He cautioned against the paradox of imposing stringent standards while simultaneously permitting the entry of products failing to meet these criteria into the market.

    However, these protests are not devoid of peril. Sakiewicz issued a cautionary note regarding potential provocations, drawing an analogy to the strategic machinations of a chess game, a tactic favoured by the Russians. He voiced apprehensions that unchecked provocations could erode the integrity and purpose of the protests, diverting them towards unintended outcomes.

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