Polish farmers escalate protests with flares, sirens

STORY: Farmers across Europe have been protesting for weeks against constraints placed on them by the EU's "Green Deal" regulations meant to tackle climate change, as well as rising costs and what they say is unfair competition from outside the EU, particularly Ukraine.

The Polish farmers rallied in central Warsaw before marching towards parliament and then the prime minister's office, about 3 kms (1.9 miles) away.

Polish farmers began a series of protests throughout the country earlier this month, which included a near-total blockade of all Ukrainian border crossings, as well as disruptions at ports and on roads nationwide.

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said during a visit to Prague on Tuesday that the EU has to solve the problems created by its decision to open its borders to imports of Ukrainian food products after Russia invaded its neighbor in early 2022.