COMMON MARKET: Pitchfork Power

Down Brussels' Anspach Boulevard last week marched 80,000 farmers from six countries of the European Economic Community (E.E.C.). With every step, their mood turned uglier.

Wielding long pitchforks and carrying placards inscribed E.E.C.—COUNCIL OF ASSES, they demolished telephone booths, smashed newsstands and shattered store windows, occasionally hopping inside for some quick looting. In skirmishes with some 4,000 Belgian riot police, one farmer was killed by a gas grenade that broke his neck, and more than 140 persons were injured.

Demonstrations for higher produce prices were also staged in The Netherlands and France. But the fact that the principal protest was held...

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