Angry farmers in the Netherlands protested Friday night against the government’s nitrogen policy. Dozens went with tractors to the home of Nature and Nitrogen Minister Christian van der Waal in Heerden, near Harderwijk.
The Minister of Nature and Nitrogen is in talks with activists, according to De Stentor. Farmers are angry at Van der Wal’s plans to drastically reduce nitrogen emissions by buying farmers and making farmers reduce their livestock. In accordance with these goals, emissions in Noord-Brabant, Geldersee Valley and Limburg must be cut by more than half. In protected natural areas, emissions must be reduced by at least 95 percent, and in the loop around these areas by 70 percent.
There are five police cars in Van der Waal’s house. Police say the area is quiet. We do not take any action. A company spokesperson said: “We are monitoring whether criminal things are happening.”
Just before ten in the evening it was relatively calm in the minister’s house. At that time there were about a dozen tractors and a number of farmers were holding banners. One with the text “If we go, we’ll all fail.”
Full Gas Working Group! He claims to be behind the action. A statement from the group said: ‘We were told that Mrs. van der Waal quickly escaped. So just wait until you come back. The person who picks up the ax to chase the cultivators over the cliff is not worth the wait. But if you put together a letter with metrics that are the death knell for an entire sector, we want to devote some time to it. It does not belong to this place. And you’ll know that, too. This is why part of Vol Gas! , along with a few other groups, they drive to her house.
According to the working group, the minister received a letter on behalf of “all farmers in the Netherlands” in which she was immediately expelled due to the situation that had arisen. Farmers say they do not feel desirable and give up their trust in the minister.
LTO Farmers Association does not agree to show farmers come to the minister’s house. “I understand the outrage, but they shouldn’t,” says chairman Sjaak van der Tak. “Farmers shouldn’t take any action in their own field,” says van der Tack. “This is inappropriate and inappropriate.”
The minister was at home with her family when the group of farmers arrived. Her husband says he is “very shocked and does not want to respond for a while”.
GroenLinks party chairman Jesse Claver calls this action unacceptable. “This is harassment. Leave the politicians at home alone. You debate on the basis of arguments and not in this way. I understand that the nitrogen decision has serious consequences for many farmers, but this goes too far,” he wrote on Twitter.
“It is absolutely unacceptable for people to visit politicians at home. Anger is no excuse. As party leader Esther Oehand of the Animals Party responded: “Threatening whoever happens to him, undermining democracy.” “Start the conversation, go to Malefield or demonstrate wherever you want. But leave our ministers and her family alone at home! D66 leader Jean Paternott tweeted.
Caroline van der Plas of BoerBurgerBeweging (BBB) also disagrees with the Van der Wal protest. “Stop that. You don’t visit people at home. No matter how angry you are,” she tweeted. According to her, the majority of farmers also do not support this type of work.
Minister of Agriculture
There were protests from farmers all over the Netherlands. A small group of about five farmers protested Friday evening during a working visit by Dutch Agriculture Minister Henk Staguer to a farm in Snellerward (Utrecht), his spokesman said. When the protesting cultivators arrived, the minister had just left. The protest took place around 7 pm. At the time, officials from the Ministry of Agriculture were still with the company. Protesting farmers tried to cordon off the site. After a meeting, the officials were allowed to leave.
About 15 farmers protested the government’s nitrogen policy this evening along the A1 motorway near Pathnum. One of them was Gert Lucienk, the “Regional Director” of the Farmers Defense Force. He was standing on top of the bridge with his tractor. We don’t go on the highway. We don’t want to cause any inconvenience now. We want to show ourselves. “That’s why we’re here,” Leusink said. “We are going to protest. It will happen more often in the near future, because the knife is being put to our throats with this policy. People are desperate now, make no mistake.”
There was also Freddy from Nijverdahl. With a passenger car. He owned a farm and sympathized with the sector: “What is happening now is very bad. As a small country, the Netherlands can solve global environmental problems. This thing does not work. And that is to the detriment of the agricultural sector. I think it is a criminal act.”
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