Thousands of Dutch farmers drove tractors, on Wednesday (October 16th), blocking roads, as part of a protest campaign against government measures to meet climate change targets.
The ANWB reported that more than 375kms of roads were blocked.
This is the second time that Dutch farmers have mounted a day of protest.
This protest – which was organised by Farmers Defence Force – follows Dutch court rulings that the government has to take measures to reduce greenhouse emissions more significantly “in order to protect the life and family life of citizens”.
In a statement ahead of the protest, a spokesperson for Farmers Defence Force said: “Hopefully afterwards, we get the message from the politicians that they are going to change their plans in relation to our beautiful sectors, otherwise, we will be forced to take harder action, because it is not possible that all problems will always be on our plate.”
“This Cabinet has made us farmers, second-class citizens from which you can steal and steal as you see fit. And that must be over! There is, therefore, no time to lose.” the statement added.
The group said that it took this form of action because this Cabinet is breaking down the countryside at “breakneck speed”.
“The Dutch farmer and citizen know what is at stake: the future of the countryside and our food supply!” the statement concluded.
In a statement, Agracite, said: “The common goal is a sector-based acceptable policy, and a thorough revision of the intended government policy, which has the hidden agenda: halving Dutch animal husbandry.”
In view of the turbulent developments from the cabinet and the provinces to turn farmers families around, it is more than necessary to strongly oppose this.
“The policy of this government with regard to the agricultural sector is disastrous and must be changed.”
Ahead of the protest, the group said: “Agractie expresses its full support for the action of 16 October, provided that it remains within the framework of the law and is public-friendly.”
“We hope that this action will also help to make politicians, administrators and officials realize that it is unacceptable to make this part of our cultural-historical heritage, the farmers, virtually impossible to exist in the Netherlands.” the statement concluded.
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