A group of around 25 activists protested this Saturday in front of a Toennies slaughterhouse that was the focus of criticism, firstly to become a new source of infection and secondly to portray the insecurity of working conditions in the EU German meat processing industry.
From early morning, activists showed banners at the plant in the city of Rheda-Wiedenbrück in western North Rhine-Westphalia that read “Stop the exploitation of people and animals,” said a police spokesman.
According to the spokesman, four activists displayed a sign on the company’s roof, while other demonstrators set up tents to block access to the meat company. Some of the demonstrators were chained to bike locks.
The corona virus has become so widespread in the Toennies slaughterhouse that the authorities in the nearby towns of Guetersloh and Warendorf have had to impose severe restrictions on the population.
According to the authorities in Rheda-Wiedenbrück, tests carried out by 6,139 Toennies employees up to June 21 tested 1,413 positive for coronavirus, which corresponds to 23 percent of the total cases examined. This has been described as the biggest outbreak in Germany.