Hundreds of Czech farmers descended on their tractors in the center of Prague today, disrupting traffic outside the agriculture ministry, as they joined the protests against high energy costs, suffocating bureaucracy and the European Union’s Green Deal.

Farmers across Europe have taken to the streets this year, including those in Poland, France, Germany, Spain and Italy, to protest low prices and high costs, cheap imports and restrictions imposed by the EU due to of climate change.

Czech farmers also plan to strike this week, although major farming unions have distanced themselves from today’s action, in which tractors blocked one lane of a main thoroughfare in Prague, slowing but not completely blocking traffic.

Several hundred protesters outside the Agriculture Ministry shouted “Shame” and “Resign” at the minister, who has not met the organizers of the tractor rally.

The government has said that the organizers have nothing to do with real agriculture.

“Today’s demonstration has little in common with the fight for better conditions for farmers,” Prime Minister Petr Fiala wrote on social networking platform X, adding that some of its organizers are close to Russia and have other political aims.

“We are negotiating with those who represent the farmers and discussing what our agricultural needs are,” Fiala said.

The Agricultural Chamber (AK) called on its members to join other European farmers at border crossings on Thursday, and has distanced itself from today’s tractor mobilization.

He mainly complains about EU agricultural policy, market distortions and low market prices resulting from surpluses amid cheap imports from outside the Union.

Farmers are also protesting the rising costs associated with EU climate change measures included in the Green Deal, which sets rules for farming across the Union’s 27 members.

“Farmers are in despair in this desperate situation and don’t know what to expect in the near future, let alone the distant future,” AK president Jan Dolezal said last week. “They need stability in the business environment,” he added.