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Traffic chaos as thousands of Dutch farmers protest over emissions claims

Dutch farmers have caused traffic chaos with over 1,000km of traffic jams as they descended on The Hague in protests.

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Thousands of Dutch farmers protest over emissions claims

Tens of thousands of farmers joined protests following a suggestion they were largely responsible for a nitrogen oxide emissions problem.

 

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But farmer groups felt victimised while other industries, such as aviation, were evading scrutiny. A Liberal MP, Tjeerd de Groot, had called for livestock production to be halved to tackle emissions.

 

Protesters were angry at been put down by a ‘small group’ as a problem instead of a solution for food supply, nature management and a green living environment.


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Marc Calon, chairman of LTO Nederland, the Netherlands Agriculture and Horticulture Organisation, said he was extremely proud of the signal farmers and horticulturists had given.

 

“The agricultural sector stands shoulder to shoulder and Dutch society is behind us. My compliments to the organisers. Politics cannot ignore this,” he said.

 

LTO highlighted polls in the Dutch media which showed 90 – 95 per cent of the Dutch public supported farmers.

 

Agriculture minister Carola Schouten told protesters there would be no halving of livestock as long as she was Minister, adding society needed to appreciate farmers more.

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