Seriously..? 0.o That sounds.. so stupid. They are demanding compensation from boar damage and that the government intervene in the milk and pork markets? I am sorry, but to me that looks like a very silly set of demands. Can't they shoot the boars?
Shooting the boars doesn't work, apparently. From what I read, our hunters were supposed to hunt the excess boars down, but it didn't work out...
Anyway... I admit that I'm not knowledgeable enough to discern whether the farmers' demands make sense or not. Maybe they do. What I have a problem with is their methods and attitude. Sure, they should be allowed to protest all they want... but in some manner that isn't disruptive to other people's lives. Meanwhile, these guys' method of protesting is blocking major roads and threating to invade the capital with 100000 people... This isn't just protesting, this is trying to bully the government by causing trouble.
I mean... these farmers are worried about their jobs, livehood etc. But what about the people whose jobs and livehood these protest threaten? What, say, about the truck drivers who won't be able to make deliveries in time, because they are stuck on the farmers' blockades? Why should that be okay?
That's my problem with the farmers' unions, as well as other powerful unions of special interest groups, like miners. These people's sense of entitlement gets on my nerves. I understand that these people are desperate not to lose their jobs... but heck, there are hundreds of thousands of other people out there who are desperate because of unemployment, too. Why is that the miners, farmers etc. feel entitled to go on strikes, protest, block roads and demand special treatment? Why should they be getting government help, privileges etc., while other people, not represented by the unions, don't get the same?
I mean, yesteday on TV I saw the news from the protest of miners' wives. One woman there was saying: "I don't have enough money to feed my kids! How can government allow it? They have to help us!". Well, I feel your pain, lady. But... there are thousands of people in the same situation out there, people who can't feed their families, either. And they don't get any help. Why do you feel *you* should be getting special government help? Because you happen to be a miner's wife?
As for the farmers, in one news piece from their protest, I saw them singing Rota
. The freaking Rota
! One of the most important Polish patriotic songs, one related to our fights against nation-wide oppression. How dare these people use this song in a protest for their own interests? How dare they even compare their problems to our historical plights..?
Phew! Rant off...
EDIT: That came off... harsh. I wanted to add that I really appreciate how hard and dangerous is a miner's job - and that farmers have genuine problems that might be worth considering. Still, both of these groups' unions are really strong and both of these groups have some privileges other people here don't have. So, I feel there's something genuinely... not right in the attitude the representatives of these groups are presenting every time some issue comes up. But it's a topic for a looong debate, I think...