“A farmers’ demonstration was held in Brussels to protest against the EU’s misguided agricultural policy in the run-up to Thursday’s EU summit, but instead of rethinking its previous decisions, the Brussels elite is stigmatizing the protesting farmers with lies,” MCC Brussels said in a statement.
The Brussels office of the Mathias Corvinus Collegium (MCC) remarked that after the farmers’ protests in Germany, the farming community in several Western European countries also started mass demonstrations. The demonstrations also reached the European Union headquarters in Brussels. On Thursday, farmers marched with more than 1,000 tractors in the European quarter to coincide with an extraordinary European Council meeting, they said, adding that they were sending a strong message to European decision-makers. MCC Brussels also stressed: “The Brussels elites are clearly unable to accept that this time they cannot hide in their ivory towers, because they are facing reality in the streets.”
The mainstream media in the West, following the usual script, often labels the demonstrators as right-wing extremists and is determined to portray them as the actions of political movements of ordinary people who, left with no other option, have decided to stand up for their interests in demonstrations, said the Brussels office of the MCC. In their view, some politicians, such as the German green party (Alliance 90/The Greens) MEP Daniel Freund, had started a fake news campaign.
Moreover, some media representatives “see the influence of the MCC Brussels behind the protests.”
The allegation is “of course nonsense without any basis in reality.” As they pointed out, the reality is that their office is working to address neglected issues in Brussels that are still of vital importance to the people of Europe.
The protests that erupted across Europe in early 2024, proved that we were right to take stock of the situation when we started to address the social problem of agriculture in Europe,”
the statement reads.
They stressed that contrary to the “patronizing attitude” of the Brussels elite, the MCC Brussels “stands fully on the side of the farmers.” They noted that they would continue to help farmers’ representatives to exchange views.
We do not support violence in any form,”
they underlined, adding that MCC Brussels will continue to fight to bring the real problems of the European people to the attention of the EU elite.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán also expressed his solidarity with the protesting farmers in a Facebook post. “The mood in Brussels is already heated. It is time for the bureaucrats to hear the voice of the people!” he posted.