Several thousand angry people, many of them Danish housewives, demonstrated and marched in Copenhagen on Sunday (Feb 11) to protest against the jump in food prices -- especially dairy products -- since Denmark joined the European Common Market.
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Background: Several thousand angry people, many of them Danish housewives, demonstrated and marched in Copenhagen on Sunday (Feb 11) to protest against the jump in food prices -- especially dairy products -- since Denmark joined the European Common Market.
Sunday's demonstration coincided with a massive telegram campaign to Denmark's Prime Minister Anker Joe???gensen from people all over the country.
The actions have grown from a campaign begun by Mrs. Hanne Lysen, a Copenhagen resident who took a petition to the prime minister last Friday (Feb 9) with 15,000 signatures asking for a food price freeze and the abolition of value-added tax on foodstuffs.
Since the European Economic Community's agricultural policy went into effect in Denmark on February 1, food prices have jumped markedly. Most prices were up 10 per cent and dairy goods -- milk, butter and choose -- up 20 per cent.
Denmark can do little about the EEC's common agricultural policy, but the housewives campaign aims at stemming the price rises by abolishing the 15 per cent VAT on food.
Denmark is the only EEC member not to have at least a lower VAT on food than on other products. But both the government and opposition have said the tax will stay as it is, arguing that a cut in food taxes would mean an increase in tax elsewhere.
SYNOPSIS: Thousands of angry demonstrators, mainly housewives, gathered in front of Copenhagen Town Hall on Sunday protesting against a jump in food prices since Denmark joined the European Common Market.
People of all ages signed petitions calling for the end of a fifteen per cent food tax.
Later the crowds moved to the Christianborg government offices to voice their protest. Similar demonstrations and cable-writing campaigns took place across Denmark.
Since the Common Market agricultural policy took effect February first, dairy prices in Denmark have risen twenty per cent and meat prices ten per cent. Protesters want this offset by removing Denmark's tax on food - the highest in the Common Market. But the government says this would mean increases in other taxes.