Things could get tight on the streets around Munich today: The Bavarian Farmers' Association and the “Agriculture Connects Bavaria” association have called for protests at the motorway entrances. According to the Munich police, around 8:45 a.m. they had already arrived at twelve of the 17 junctions, although it is currently not possible to say whether the entrances to each junction were blocked in both directions or only in one direction.
The access roads would be blocked with two to ten tractors each, said the police spokesman. Between three and ten people are standing at the individual protest posts. In Ottobrunn, for example, six tractors have lined up on the A99 motorway entrance to the north, one with a German flag on the front, others show their protest against the traffic light government on posters. But the driveway is free here. The situation is different in the opposite direction: the access to Salzburg is blocked by three tractors standing across. Some drivers realize this too late despite the orange flashing lights and start to turn, only to abruptly cut back in.
There is also no way through a few meters further: Anton Stürzer, district chairman of the farmers from Höhenkirchen-Siegertsbrunn, has lined up with his tractor at the entrance to the A8 in Taufkirchen. Unlike in France, for example, the protest is still peaceful. But after the first protest marches at the beginning of January, during which there were largely no blockades, we now have to “take things up a notch.” Stürzer believes that the population understands the concerns of farmers. However, he cannot estimate what it looks like after today's actions. In fact, one or two drivers react angrily, honk as they drive past or raise their fist threateningly out of the window. But most people seem to have prepared themselves for the protest and are calmly rolling past the blockades.
The blockades are not meant to be malicious, says Maximilian Kippes. “But at some point it's enough.” According to his own statements, the farmer from Kleinkarolinenfeld earns 2,000 euros net per month, and at the same time prices in the agricultural sector have also risen massively, he says. Spare parts for agricultural vehicles, for example, have become more expensive. “It's slowly becoming impossible to pay for that anymore. If it continues like this, at some point I'll no longer be able to do my job.”
Similar scenes to those in Ottobrunn and Taufkirchen can also be seen in Hohenbrunn and Feldkirchen, with four to six tractors parked in the driveways everywhere. But there are no traffic jams, and the country roads aren't too crowded either.
The background to the protests is a nationwide day of action by farmers against the abolition of tax breaks for agricultural diesel. According to the Bavarian Farmers' Association, farmers in Munich want to block the motorway entrances around the city for six hours. In the Munich district alone, the entrances to all seven motorways will be temporarily blocked until 2:30 p.m. – but according to the police, there will be no permanent closures.
According to the Munich District Office, the motorway exits should not be affected by the protests. It must be possible for emergency vehicles to pass through, said Günther Felßner, President of the Bavarian Farmers' Association. In addition to the farmers' association, they are also taking part in the campaign.