Seven tractors arrive in Sanremo

Seven tractors arrived in Sanremo on Thursday morning in the context of nationwide protests by farmers over European and national agricultural and environmental policies and general hardship.

The tractors departed from Melegnano in the northern region of Lombardy on Wednesday evening and travelled 240 km to reach Bussana near the Liguria riviera town that is hosting the annual televised Sanremo Song Festival.

Artistic director Amadeus has said he would be happy to host farmers’ reps at the week-long musical jamboree.

However on Wednesday state broadcaster Rai denied there had been contacts with protesting farmers after one group said they were sending 15 tractors to Sanremo and would likely appear at the Ariston Theatre, the festival venue, on Thursday.