Chile: 10,000 Bees Join Protest , 7 Police Officers Stung
Four beekeepers were detained after protesting in front of the Chile’s Presidential palace in the Santiago on the Monday and according to local officials, seven police officers were stung during the demonstrations. Honey production has been hurt by a long-term drought in the Chile that has withered the bees food sources such as
flowers and crops. While drought is not uncommon in Chile, the current megadrought has persisted since 2010 and climate change is at least partly to blame, scientists say. The beekeepers want government reform to improve honey prices or to provide subsidies to honey producers. They have also asked to meet with
President Sebastian Pinera. The beekeepers set around 60 beehives which also contained an estimated 10,000 bees on the avenue in front of the palace. One of the beekeepers, Jose Iturra told local reporters that the drought in the Colina commune north of Santiago was killing the local bee population. Bees are dying, Iturra
said. There would be no life if the bees die. That’s what we wanted to highlight with this demonstration. A representative for the Ministry of Agriculture in the Santiago region said the agency was also concerned about the effect the drought was having on the bees. Seven national police officers, called Carabiniers, were
stung trying to arrest the beekeepers and move the beehives out of the street and were also taken to the hospital. Droughts and rising temperatures from climate change have also affected bee populations worldwide. A 2020 study published in the journal Science found that populations fell by around 50% in North America and 17% in Europe in one generation.