Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Dairy farmers hose down EU parliament with milk

BRUSSELS - Dairy farmers sprayed thousands of litres of fresh milk at the European Parliament in Brussels to protest excessive milk quotas and prices below the cost of production, reports Reuters news agency.

Hundreds of farmers and tractors from across Europe gathered in a park near the European Commission and a square in front of the parliament after blocking traffic along several of Brussels' busiest streets.

Then they hosed parliament with milk, drenching the huge marble, glass and steel buildings on a Brussels square;

Some rained on police and passers-by.

Afterwards the farmers lit bales of hay and a pile of tires, sending plumes of black smoke billowing into the sky.

The European Milk Board, which coordinated the two-day protest, said prices with current quotas were putting small farmers out of business.