Croatian Village Defense Headquarters and Slavonia-Baranja Agricultural Employees Union announced plans to hold protests throughout the country on Wednesday, expressing their dissatisfaction with the government’s measures to control African swine fever. The president of the headquarters, Tomislav Pokrovac, called on citizens to support the protests and emphasized that they take full responsibility for them.
In a press conference on Tuesday, Pokrovac urged the government and Ministry of Agriculture to attend a meeting they were invited to in order to solve the problem. He reiterated key demands, including an immediate end to euthanasia of healthy pigs, urgent passage of a law allowing trade in healthy pigs, and enabling traditional pig slaughter methods.
Protests will also be held at border crossings in Vukovar-Srijem County at Županja-Orašje and Tovarnik-Šid. Other locations include roads and front of Ministry of Agriculture in Zagreb. The union aims to address problems in Croatian agriculture and animal husbandry through legal means.