Europe

Hundreds in Warsaw protest free-trade deals with US, Canada

Hundreds of people in the Polish capital are protesting against free-trade agreements the European Union is pursuing with the U.S. and Canada, TTIP and CETA, saying they will hurt Polish farmers and consumers.

The rally was organized by a non-governmental group, Akcja Democracja, with trade unions and several small opposition parties, both from the political left and right, also taking part.

The protesters argue that free trade deals will allow an influx of food from North America that will destroy local farmers, and also hurt consumers by allowing in genetically modified foods and foods contaminated with harmful chemicals.

They called on the Polish government to reject the deals. The protesters rallied in front of the Agriculture Ministry in Warsaw ahead of a march to the prime minister's office.