Feb 16, 2024

Work From Home! Farmers’ Protest Threatens Prague Traffic Chaos

Prague could face traffic chaos next week as hundreds of tractors and farm equipment are expected to take part in a farmers’ protest on Monday.

The “ride” organized by a faction of farmers threatens to gridlock the city, prompting the city council to urge residents to work from home and avoid major roads.

Despite ongoing communication with organizers, police remain prepared to enforce the law and public safety. This includes preventing unauthorized vehicles on motorways.

City officials predict tractor arrivals around 6:00 AM, with potential traffic disruptions lasting deep into the night. Residents are advised to avoid the city center on Monday and, if possible, work remotely.

“Our goal is not to stifle protest,” police state, “but to ensure compliance with road laws. Reckless driving poses serious risks.”

While major agricultural associations haven’t endorsed the protest, its scale could significantly impact Prague’s mobility.

Like elsewhere in Europe, Czech farmers are protesting against falling sale prices, rising costs and heavy regulation.

According to the organizer of the protest, Zdeněk Jandejsek, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the agricultural holding Rabbit and former president of the Agrarian Chamber of the Czech Republic, “their main demand is that the government withdraw from the Green Deal, a Europe-wide agreement that aims to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.”

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