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Farmers rally around Welsh capital in latest protest over proposed environmental rules

LONDON (AP) — Tractors lined a road in the Welsh capital Wednesday as thousands of farmers and their supporters thronged the parliament to protest proposed environmental protections that would be required to receive subsidies.

Protesters held signs reading, “No Farmers, No Food,” and “We Will Not Be Mooooved!” as leaders said some 5,500 farmworkers would lose their livelihoods if regulations are passed that would require them to plant trees on 10% of their land and create wildlife habitat on another 10%.

“I’ve got a two-year-old son sitting at home who loves every minute of being on the farm, and I am fighting for his future on that farm," said Ioan Humphreys, a fifth-generation farmer. “Where do the people thinking up these schemes think their food is going to come from?"

The Cardiff demonstration was the latest to roil a European capital as farmers from as far afield as Athens, Warsaw, Madrid and Brussels have turned out by the thousands to protest everything from agricultural rules proposed by the European Union to Ukrainain food imports to Poland.

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