Last Updated on July 5, 2022
Dutch farmers are ferociously pushing back against government plans to reduce emissions.
Farmers in the Netherlands are protesting by blocking highways and supermarkets with farm equipment and even spraying manure over government buildings.
The government’s climate plan to reduce nitrogen oxide and ammonia emissions by 50% over the next eight years will severely impact the jobs and stability of the farmers.
“The government says emissions of nitrogen oxide and ammonia, which livestock produce, must be drastically reduced close to nature areas that are part of a network of protected habitats for endangered plants and wildlife stretching across the 27-nation European Union,” ABC News reported.
Social media exploded as the farmers began protesting against the government.
One viral video shows farmers and supporters slamming police vehicles with sledgehammers and other attack methods.
Dutch farmers have been protesting in the streets for days against the government’s plan to target the livestock sector with nitrogen emission cuts.
The Dutch government said “The honest message… is that not all farmers can continue their business,”.
— Marie Oakes (@TheMarieOakes) June 29, 2022
Another tweet shows one farmer spraying manure onto the country’s minister for nitrogen and nature policy’s property as others try and flip a police vehicle parked outside.
Manure shower for the Mark Rutte's police. Dutch farmers very angry after politicians' decision to closes dozens of farms and cattle ranches to reduce nitrogen by 30%. pic.twitter.com/RGKbaBErJR
— RadioGenova (@RadioGenova) June 29, 2022
Dutch farmers protesting outside the home of the Minister for Nitrogen & Nature Policy against the govts plan to target the livestock sector with nitrogen emission cuts.
The plan could see up to 30% reduction in livestock farming & farms out of business. pic.twitter.com/0C8hjLQJWn
— Marie Oakes (@TheMarieOakes) June 29, 2022
Farmers formed blockades on highways across the country as well.
Dutch farmers close the border between Holland and Germany in Coevorden with tons of manure. pic.twitter.com/mr73njO5pR
— RadioGenova (@RadioGenova) July 4, 2022
Very angry Dutch farmers block border between Holland and Germany. Harsh protests in many Dutch cities after politicians' decision to closes dozens of farms and cattle ranches to reduce nitrogen by 30% – 70% to comply with EU regulations on nitrogen pollution. pic.twitter.com/uKYXj0gvD8
— RadioGenova (@RadioGenova) June 30, 2022
Dutch native and Conservative commentator Eva Vlaardingerbroek advocated for the farmers. “The Dutch farmers have blocked dozens of high roads & distribution centers. Lots of supermarkets are already out of milk/eggs. We’re the second largest agricultural exporter in the world, after America. Together we feed the world. Support our farmers.” Vlaardingerbroek tweeted with a video of farmers blockading a supermarket in protest.
🇳🇱 The Dutch farmers have blocked dozens of high roads & distribution centers. Lots of supermarkets are already out of milk/eggs. We’re the second largest agricultural exporter in the world, after America. Together we feed the world. Support our farmers. pic.twitter.com/Wq9cJyFOCA
— Eva Vlaardingerbroek (@EvaVlaar) July 4, 2022
She suggested the mainstream media is not covering the Dutch farmers’ protest because “they want to make you believe these protests are unsuccessful and lead to nothing – when in fact the Farmers are widely supported and are one of the only groups with enough manpower to stop the 2030 agenda.”
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte pushed back against the protestors. “It is not acceptable in this country to create dangerous situations or intimidate people,” Rutte said about the protests.
On Monday, Dutch police utilized tear gas, police dogs, and even armored tanks to try and put a stop to violent protestors.
And the #Dutch media claim there is too much footage in social media giving 'impressions' of police violence. Well, what would you call bringing on two service dogs to deliberately bite an already helpless detainee? This is Dutch #POLICE BRUTALITY and totally unnecessary. pic.twitter.com/8Jl1Nzk5zB
— Frank Hoogerbeets (@hobeets) July 5, 2022
Dutch farmers are threatening to bring the Netherlands to a standstill. Many will be made bankrupt by EU edicts on reducing the use of nitrogen as a fertiliser.
— David Atherton (@DaveAtherton20) July 4, 2022
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