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Dutch Farmers Stage New Revolt Against Climate Change Restrictions

Dutch Farmers Stage New Revolt Against Climate Change Restrictions

Postby smix » Thu Oct 17, 2019 7:40 am

Dutch Farmers Stage New Revolt Against Climate Change Restrictions
Infowars

URL: https://www.infowars.com/dutch-farmers- ... trictions/
Category: Politics
Published: October 16, 2019

Description: Sick of being lectured by middle class city dwellers “who have two plants on their balcony.”

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Farmers in the Netherlands are staging a new revolt against restrictions on livestock related to climate change, with one telling the state broadcaster how he is sick of being lectured about nature by middle class city dwellers “who have two plants on their balcony.” The demonstrations began earlier this month after the Dutch government announced that Dutch livestock farming should be slashed by up to 50% to meet commitments on reducing nitrogen emissions. Farmers were irate after learning that the same restrictions would not apply to the aviation industry. Demonstrators clogged up major roads and highways once again today, causing traffic jams across the entire country and leading to the Dutch army being called out. “Last year you didn’t hear anything about nitrogen, and now suddenly it’s a mortal question,” farmer Micha Bouwer of the Farmers Defence Force told state broadcaster NOS. “These are all people in the city who have two plants on their balcony and say ‘nature is suffering’.” Farmers also argue that their crucial role in food production is being overlooked and that they are being blamed for climate change. Court rulings recently made clear that the Dutch government must cut greenhouse gas emissions “in order to protect the life and family life of citizens” in the country. The protest once again underscores how punitive restrictions, bureaucracy and taxes related to climate change hysteria are impacting working class and lower middle class people. Middle and upper class Extinction Rebellion demonstrators have been clogging major cities for over a week demanding more of the very thing farmers in the Netherlands have been protesting against.



German Farmers Block Hamburg in Revolt Against Globalist Environmental Regulations
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URL: https://www.infowars.com/german-farmers ... gulations/
Category: Politics
Published: November 15, 2019

Description: Protesters fury at new measures they say threaten their livelihoods.

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German farmers are blocking roads in Hamburg with their tractors to protest against environment regulations as the rural revolt against globalism spreads across Europe. 4,000 tractors arrived in Hamburg yesterday in a massive rebuke to what protesters assert is government bullying amidst efforts to impose Green New Deal-style control measures. Regional environment ministers were meeting to discuss plans to ban certain weed killers and fertilizers, something that farmers insist will kill their livelihoods. Placards displayed on the tractors included one that read, “No farm, no food, no future,” with farmers expressing their fury at being blamed while their contribution to the economy is ignored and ministers refuse to engage in dialogue with them. “The rules, which are coming from the German government, are so hard for us that we can’t work on our farms,” Klaus-Peter Lucht, Vice President of the regional Farmers Association, told RT. “We can’t make good crops. We can’t have good fodder for the dairy [cows].” The kilometer long convoys of tractors caused “considerable traffic disruption” across the city, according to authorities. Hamburg is just the latest site of a rural revolt against globalism that is sweeping Europe. Last month, thousands of Dutch farmers descended on the Netherlands capital to protest against a government proposal that livestock production be slashed by up to 50% in the name of preventing global warming. Demonstrators were angry that the same restrictions they may be hit with will not apply to the aviation industry. The Yellow Vest movement in France, which is set to mark its first anniversary this weekend, also began as a backlash against onerous gas tax hikes and other regulations impacting rural workers.



French Farmers Descend on Paris in Fresh Revolt Against Globalist Regulations
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URL: https://www.infowars.com/french-farmers ... gulations/
Category: Politics
Published: November 27, 2019

Description: Tractors block roads in protest against agricultural industry being blamed for climate change.

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Around a thousand French farmers in tractors have descended on Paris in a fresh revolt against globalist government policies they say are ruining their standard of living. The farmers assembled on the Avenue Foch, near the Champs Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe to decry regulations which they assert are devastating the agricultural sector. Their main concern centers around “agri-bashing” by the media and politicians, where farmers are being blamed for environmental issues and pressured to amend their behavior in the name of preventing climate change. The farmers are furious at how this is legitimizing attacks by vegan activists on butchers and calls to ban the weedkiller glyphosate, which President Emmanuel Macron wants to outlaw by 2021. They also fear that EU trade deals with Canada and the Mercosur bloc in South America will flood the market with cheaper goods at lower standards. The two main farmers’ unions have demanded a private meeting with Macron to discuss his policies. This is just one of numerous anti-globalist revolts taking place across Europe. Earlier this month, German farmers blocked roads in Hamburg with their tractors to protest against environment regulations. Last month, thousands of Dutch farmers also descended on Amsterdam to protest against a government proposal that livestock production be slashed by up to 50% in the name of preventing global warming. The Yellow Vest movement in France, which just marked its first anniversary, also began as a backlash against onerous gas tax hikes and other regulations impacting rural workers.
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Dutch farmers protest 'unfair climate goals'

Postby smix » Thu Oct 17, 2019 7:54 am

Dutch farmers protest 'unfair climate goals'
Euronews

URL: https://www.euronews.com/2019/10/16/dut ... mate-goals
Category: Politics
Published: October 16, 2019

Description: Three thousand or more tractors rolling into Utrecht.

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The protest starts here near the government’s national institute of public health, which wants farmers to cut nitrogen emissions after a court ruled the Netherlands is in breach of its limits under EU law. “The government. They’re not listening to us. That’s the whole point. That’s the whole question. The government, they do not understand us," explains one farmer. The thousands of farmers gathering here say government measures to meet their climate change targets are unfairly hitting them and not other industries like aerospace - the nearby Schipol airport up for a massive expansion. This convoy of tractors is now heading to The Hague to the Dutch government. They’re calling on the government to change its policy and to ease the burden on farmers. The 70-kilometre journey takes more than three hours for the tractors. And while they’re blocking traffic, the route is lined with members of the general public supporting their action. “They really have a goal and a meaning. They work so hard for our food and I think it’s good to unity and make a protest," says one resident of Utrecht. A government spokesperson told Euronews that farmers have the right to protest, that they understand their worries and frustration that they want to start a dialogue as soon as possible and have frequently offered that. Agricultural exports from out of the Netherlands bring over €92 billion into the country’s economy. These farmers insist they’ll keep clogging up the roads until the government changes its position.
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Dutch tractor protest sparks 'worst rush hour'

Postby smix » Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:25 am

Dutch tractor protest sparks 'worst rush hour'
BBC News

URL: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-49891449
Category: Politics
Published: October 1, 2019

Description: Tractor-driving farmers taking to the streets to demand greater recognition caused the worst ever Dutch morning rush hour on Tuesday, according to motoring organisation ANWB. There were 1,136km (700 miles) of jams at the morning peak, it said.

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Farmers reacted angrily to claims that they were largely responsible for a nitrogen oxide emissions problem. A report has called for inefficient cattle farms to be shut down and some speed limits lowered to cut pollution. Farming groups believe they are being victimised while the aviation industry is escaping scrutiny.
How big were the protests?
The tractors arrived early on Tuesday, some of them knocking down fences to get there. Three people were arrested, according to public broadcaster NOS. Thousands of farmers, many on their tractors, took part in the protest in a field in the centre of The Hague. Police said 2,200 farmers joined the protest. Hague mayor Pauline Krikke warned of an "unsafe situation" but no further trouble was reported and drone pictures showed dozens more tractors parked on Scheveningen beach while their owners joined the demonstration.
At the scene
Anna Holligan, BBC News, The Hague
Amber lights flashing, horns blaring, the "green army" rolled in and their message was unambiguous. "No farmers, no food", "You love bread, meat and fries, without farmers you wouldn't have them," the slogans read. Every farmer felt the same frustration, that their industry was being targeted by a government scrambling to hit its climate goals. "Suddenly everyone is worried. We're getting blamed and badly represented in the media, everyone is blaming us for climate change but planes are worse than farmers and no-one is talking about them," Vincent, a 17-year-old dairy farmer told me. Huddled inside their cab, young couple Geert-Jan and Danielle feared for the future. Beyond this muddy protest site, police were poised to block any attempt to drive closer to the seat of power. If the government wants to avoid the farmers' wrath, it must ensure that lucrative businesses such as motor-racing, airports and multinationals are subject to equal scrutiny. Beyond The Hague, tractors snarled up motorways and main roads across the country. As the tractors headed home the main infrastructure agency warned of major disruption for the evening rush hour too. It was not just the farmers who took to the streets but their children too, as they headed to a Christian primary school on toy tractors in the eastern farming town of Ommen.
How serious is the crisis?
The Dutch top court, the Council of State, ruled in May that Dutch rules for granting building and farming permits breached EU law on protecting nature from nitrogen oxide emissions such as ammonia and nitrous oxide, prompting a halt in thousands of projects including new roads, housing blocks and airports. Nitrogen oxides play a significant role in air pollution and biodiversity and nitrous oxide has a stronger greenhouse gas effect than CO2. Last week an advisory committee said drastic measures were needed, both in farming and on Dutch roads. Liberal MP Tjeerd de Groot called for livestock production to be halved, meaning six million fewer pigs and 50 million fewer chickens, prompting a furious reaction from farmers. He blamed intensive livestock farming for much of the Netherlands' nitrogen emissions problem and argued that the key to the future was modern, sustainable agriculture. Agriculture minister Carola Schouten promised the protesters on Tuesday that as long as she was minister there would be no halving of livestock. Dutch society had to appreciate its farmers more, she added. Farming groups believe measurement of carbon dioxide and nitrogen is inaccurate and the debate over emissions has been hijacked by city-based climate change protesters. "We feel as if we're being put in the dunces' corner by city types who come and tell us how things should be in the countryside," one of the protest organisers, Mark van den Oever, told the Trouw website, adding that farmers shouldn't be blamed for the whole nitrogen issue. Last month, broadcaster RTL Nieuws reported that the worst pollution problems facing the Dutch were around Amsterdam, nearby Schiphol airport and Rotterdam. The government has been criticised by climate campaigners for pushing ahead with the return to Formula One motor racing at Zandvoort next year. The sports minister said he was hopeful that measures to tackle nitrogen emissions would not affect the race. The Dutch government has set a target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions next year by 25% of 1990 levels. Last month a health watchdog said emissions had been cut by 15% cut in that time, largely by reducing methane, nitrous oxide and other gases. Carbon dioxide levels have remained the same.
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Tractors snarl Dutch roads in emissions protest

Postby smix » Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:32 am

Tractors snarl Dutch roads in emissions protest
Reuters

URL: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-neth ... SKBN1WG2XD
Category: Politics
Published: October 1, 2019

Description: AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch farmers went on a go-slow in their tractors on Tuesday, clogging up major highways in the Netherlands as they headed to The Hague to demonstrate about what they complain is an attempt to make them the scapegoats over nitrogen pollution. Around 10,000 farmers are planning a protest in the city, home to the Dutch government, to argue they are unfairly being blamed after a court ruling found the country is violating European emission rules. “Farmers and growers are sick of being painted as a ‘problem’ that needs a ‘solution’,” Dirk Bruins of the agricultural industry group LTO said in a statement. Although no concrete steps against farmers have been announced, at least one political party has suggested the country reduce the number of live animals it produces, leading to an outcry from farming groups. Many building projects across the country have also been halted as the role of construction industry as the possible cause of the pollution also comes under the spotlight. Road and drivers’ organization ANWB said more than more than 1,000 km (600 miles) of roadways were snarled by the tractors, contributing to what it called the worst morning commute in Dutch history. Police in The Hague said they had detained two demonstrators, one who drove over a fence with his tractor and another who attempted to interfere with his detention. “The police respect that farmers are standing up for their interest and we’re trying to facilitate this demonstration with hundreds of tractors as well as possible,” the police said in a statement, pleading for drivers to follow the instructions of traffic guides on the scene. The Hague Mayor Pauline Krikke called a meeting of safety officials to discuss the situation. “Some of the farmers in The Hague are driving over barriers, which causes damage and unsafe situations,” her office said in a statement. “It’s in the interest of all that this demonstration today be allowed to proceed in peace and safety.”



Angry farmers cause Dutch police to close off parliament square
Reuters

URL: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-neth ... SKBN1WV0SZ
Category: Politics
Published: October 16, 2019

Description: THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Police in the Dutch city of The Hague closed its central parliament square on Wednesday to keep out farmers protesting over what they see as attempts to blame them for nitrogen pollution. Thousands of irate farmers had driven tractors to The Hague hours earlier in their third large protest in a matter of weeks.

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Tractor convoys set out in the early morning, first for the city of Utrecht and later to The Hague, causing long traffic jams across the Netherlands. More than 375 km (233 miles) of roads were blocked, drivers organization ANWB said. In The Hague, farmers defied orders to limit their protest to designated areas, driving their tractors into the city center despite being told to park them on the outskirts of town and use available buses to reach their planned rally venue. Authorities had earlier called in the army’s support to place large vehicles across several roads to block main routes to the Binnenhof - the seat of the Dutch parliament. The farmers’ original plan had been to occupy the Binnenhof with their tractors, but authorities declared the square off-limits. The farmers launched their campaign after a court ruling in May found the Netherlands in violation of European emission rules. Livestock farming is a leading cause of nitrogen pollution, along with construction and transportation. But farmers argue they have made substantial efforts to cut emissions and their role in providing food for the nation is under-appreciated. “Last year you didn’t hear anything about nitrogen, and now suddenly it’s a mortal question,” farmer Micha Bouwer of the Farmers Defence Force told state broadcaster NOS. “These are all people in the city who have two plants on their balcony and say ‘nature is suffering’.” Although no concrete steps against the farmers have been announced, one political party has suggested the Netherlands reduce the number of live animals it breeds. The suggestion provoked an outcry from farming groups. Dutch researchers on Wednesday said nitrogen emissions per capita are far higher in the Netherlands than anywhere else in the European Union. Emissions in The Netherlands, a small, densely populated country, are four times the EU average, research institute TNO said, with 61% coming from agriculture.



Dutch highways hit by major traffic jams in nitrogen pollution protest
Reuters

URL: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-neth ... SKBN1X90RY
Category: Politics
Published: October 30, 2019

Description: AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Hundreds of kilometers of Dutch highways were clogged with traffic jams on Wednesday when construction workers drove trucks, diggers and cranes to a protest against moves to cut nitrogen pollution that could impact their jobs. The country’s traffic authority ANWB said the traffic jams, centered around The Hague, stretched 380 kms (240 miles). Police said a central protest site in The Hague had been closed to any more large vehicles, but shuttles were still bringing workers. While many countries have been disrupted by protests against carbon dioxide emissions that worsen climate change, the Netherlands has also faced protests by construction workers and farmers angered by a May court ruling that found the country was emitting too much nitrogen in violation of European law. Wednesday’s demonstration is the fifth in a series that began in September. The farming and construction industries are the biggest single emitters of the gas, yet many individuals feel they are being unfairly blamed for a problem caused by the whole of Dutch society. Politicians have suggested that some of the 18,000 building projects around the country could be shelved or face more stringent rules in the future, while some livestock farmers may be offered subsidies to halt their business or limit emissions.



French farmers clog highways to protest at "agri-bashing"
Reuters

URL: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-fran ... SKBN1Y10MQ
Category: Politics
Published: November 27, 2019

Description: PARIS (Reuters) - French farmers angered by government policies that they say threaten their livelihoods drove convoys of tractors into Paris on Wednesday, obstructing commuter traffic and adding to the social unrest facing President Emmanuel Macron. Up to a thousand tractors rolled into the city from the north and south, at times blocking motorways and the inner ring-road, honking horns and flying the flags of the two main farm unions staging the protest. In the city center, farmers threw hay across the boutique-lined Champs-Elysees Avenue and occupied the lanes headed toward the Place de la Concorde square. Riot police urged the farmers to disperse. “Macron, answer us! Save farmers,” read one banner carried by a tractor rolling down the A1 autoroute. Farmers’ unions demanded a meeting with Macron to express grievances over policies that they say are hurting agriculture and threatening their livelihoods, such as the phasing out of the common weedkiller glyphosate. They did not obtain that meeting but, after talks with Agriculture Minister Didier Guillaume at the end of the day, the unions said they would meet Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Dec. 3 and called for a suspension of the action. “We have made some progress (...) we’ll now tell the farmers where we stand and we ask for the action to be suspended,” Christine Lambert, head of the main FNSEA union, told reporters. A food law passed by Macron’s government, which aimed to give farmers a fairer share of profits, has failed to dispel their discontent over modest revenues. Guillaume defended the government’s record, saying the law would help once it had more time to have an impact. City dwellers and environmentalists should stop denigrating farmers, he told Europe 1 radio.
“SCAPEGOATS”
The protest was similar to a blockade carried out by Irish farmers in Dublin on Wednesday, although the two events were not coordinated. Macron, 41, has faced discontent against his social and economic reform agenda across French society. His government last week announced emergency financing in a failed attempt to head off further hospital strikes and has been negotiating with unions over pension reform ahead of nationwide transport strikes on Dec. 5. Resentment among farmers has been growing at what they call “agri-bashing”, or criticism of agriculture over issues ranging from pesticide use to animal welfare. “We’re the new scapegoats. As soon as something goes wrong, it’s the farmers’ fault,” Jean-Yves Bricourt, leader of FNSEA in the administrative department of Aisne, told Reuters. “We’re treated like criminals.” Farmers widely blame Macron for rushing to ban glyphosate by 2021, going beyond current European Union policy, although the government has promised exemptions for farms that have no viable alternative. Macron has also been under pressure from farmers over EU trade deals with Canada and the Mercosur bloc of South American countries, which farming groups say will usher in imports of cheaper agricultural goods produced to lower standards. France is the largest agricultural producer in the EU and the biggest beneficiary of subsidies under the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy.



Farmers bring central Dublin to a halt with tractor protest
Reuters

URL: https://www.reuters.com/article/ireland ... SL8N2872KT
Category: Politics
Published: November 27, 2019

Description: DUBLIN, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Farmers shut down busy parts of Dublin’s city centre for a second successive day on Wednesday by parking dozens of tractors in the capital to protest against low beef prices and climate change initiatives they say they unfairly target them.

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The farmers arrived on tractors from all over the country on Tuesday for a planned protest in a cordoned off area but parked their vehicles in the very centre of the city and refused to leave until the country’s agriculture minister met them. Some slept in their vehicles overnight, many parked outside the five-star luxury Shelbourne Hotel on the corner of St. Stephen’s Green, one of the main bus route into the city. Police warned commuters that a number of the city’s main thoroughfares, including Kildare Street, the seat of parliament, remained closed to traffic. The city’s bus operator told passengers to expect delays on all routes. “We’ll sit here for many more nights if we have to but this has got to stop and we have to start getting paid for our produce,” said Nicholas Hughes, a 53-year-old dairy farmer from Moylough in County Galway who sat in his tractor all night without sleep. “It’s the only thing we can do, we’re gone if we don’t do this. We can’t stay producing food below the cost of production and we can’t keep getting blamed for climate change. This is about the death of rural Ireland, it’s dying on its feet as we speak.” The protest was similar to one staged on Wednesday by French farmers in Paris, although the events were not coordinated. A weeks-long dispute between Irish farmers and processors over beef prices cut production and caused a wave of temporary layoffs earlier this year before a tentative agreement brokered by the government lifted pickets at meat factories by a grassroots group of farmers. Some of the farmers protesting on Wednesday also complained about climate change measures, including plans for rolling carbon tax increases. Hughes said sentiment on the issue in Ireland amounted to “nothing but farmer bashing.” Agriculture Minister Michael Creed said he met with demonstrators on the street and inside his office, and that he hoped that could clear the blockage in the city. Protesters said they wanted him to sit down with a delegation from the group. While some protesters returned to their farms after the first day of protest on Tuesday night, those that stayed said replacements were on the way to maintain the blockade.



Dutch farmers block highways with tractors, angry at EU rules on pollution
Reuters

URL: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-neth ... SKBN1YM1VW
Category: Politics
Published: December 18, 2019

Description: AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch farmers and construction workers blocked roads with tractors on Wednesday and gathered outside the offices of national broadcaster NOS in the latest of a series of protests over environmental pollution rules. The protests began after a court ruling in May found the Netherlands in violation of EU rules on “reactive nitrogen” pollution, sparking a political debate over how to respond. Farms are a major source of excess nitrogen, along with the construction and transport industries, and farmers feel they are being unfairly singled out. Convoys of tractors and scattered demonstrations disrupted rush hour traffic on major motorways across the country. One tractor carried a banner saying “no farmers, no food”, echoing their central argument. Dozens of tractors gathered outside the “media park” in the city of Hilversum, the country’s main broadcasting hub. Farmers are “written off” in the media as useless and dependent on subsidies, said one unidentified spokesman. “We’re not looking for more money or a better contract, but for more respect and fewer rules,” he said. The Dutch Senate passed a law Tuesday night containing emergency measures to tackle the nitrogen problem, including a measure that will lower the speed limit to 100 kph nationwide from March. Other protests on Wednesday took place on highways, in The Hague, and near a Shell refinery in Rotterdam.
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Netherlands farmer strike: Tractor protest sparks Dutch traffic jam

Postby smix » Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:58 am

Netherlands farmer strike: Tractor protest sparks Dutch traffic jam
Weekly Times

URL: https://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/machi ... 31aea9763e
Category: Politics
Published: October 7, 2019

Description: THOUSANDS of Dutch farmers caused the Netherlands’ biggest ever traffic jams last week when they drove their tractors to a huge protest against government climate policies.

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Farmers travelled from all over the country to The Hague for the four-wheeled demonstration, saying they had been unfairly blamed for emissions that cause climate change. Hundreds of kilometres of traffic jams were caused by the tractors, making it the “busiest ever morning rush hour”, according to Dutch traffic organisation the ANWB. “We get the feeling that all these climate measures are falling on our shoulders. And that annoys us,” said Sander Pereboom, a 37-year-old farmer. “We want to do something for the climate and we want to do it together with everyone in the Netherlands. It shouldn’t only be farmers who pay the price,” he said. Tractors rolled across the beach in the coastal area of Scheveningen before parking on a huge park in the centre of The Hague, where bands played on a stage. Riot police with shields blocked access to nearby roads leading the Dutch parliament. Police sealed off roads heading into The Hague’s historic centre and arrested one farmer for driving his tractor through a metal fence surrounding the protest site.

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The farmers were protesting after a recent report ordered by the Dutch government recommended a drastic cut in cattle, particularly dairy cows, to cut emissions.
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Dutch farmers protest efforts to cut emissions, reduce herds

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Dutch farmers protest efforts to cut emissions, reduce herds
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URL: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/dutch-fa ... 26629.html
Category: Politics
Published: October 16, 2019

Description: THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Thousands of Dutch farmers, many driving tractors, poured into The Hague on Wednesday to protest government moves to rein in carbon and nitrogen emissions to better fight climate change. It was the second major protest this month by Dutch farmers who say the government is unfairly targeting them as it seeks to slash emissions. "They blame agriculture for everything at the moment because of nitrogen emissions," said farmer Jans de Wilcher. He added that "we as a sector store far more nitrogen than we produce. So we are actually helping the Dutch problem rather than making it worse — so why do we get the blame?" The government called in the military to block key intersections in downtown The Hague to prevent farmers reaching the commercial and political center of the city, which is the seat of the Dutch Parliament. Large camouflage trucks carrying shipping containers were deployed at major roads.

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The farmers are angry at recently announced government plans to reduce emissions, particularly of nitrogen. They argue that the government's plans are based on inaccurate readings and calculations by the government-funded National Institute for Public Health and the Environment. The institute disputed that in a statement, calling its nitrogen measuring "robust and scientifically responsible." The farmers started their demonstration at the central city of De Bilt, where the institute has its headquarters, before heading to The Hague. There, they gathered around a small stage to listen to music and speeches from farmers and politicians. Some farmers managed to drive their tractors through parts of the city, while others blocked tram tracks near the central railway station. There were no reports of violence. Mayor of The Hague Johan Remkes appealed to the farmers to stick to agreements about where they could protest — meaning they had to stay out of the town center. "Ignoring agreements is unacceptable and dangerous for residents and shoppers," he said, warning residents to take extra care amid the traffic disruptions. Farmers by the hundreds parked on a large grassy field just outside the city center and police effectively turned the main highway into the city into a tractor parking lot. Some farmers even drove along the North Sea beach, parking there and coming into town on busses, police said. Their lobby is powerful because of the economic significance of agriculture to the Dutch economy. The Dutch farmers' organization, LTO, says exports from the country's nearly 54,000 farms and agriculture businesses were worth 90.3 billion euros ($98.3 billion) last year. But it comes at an environmental cost, with farms emitting carbon and nitrogen. Earlier this month, the Dutch government announced a raft of measures to rein in nitrogen emissions, including a voluntary program to buy up old, inefficient farms and subsidies to help other farms modernize. Other measures take aim at the country's construction and transport industries, which also are responsible for emissions. One tractor in The Hague bore a sign saying simply: "No farmers. No food. No future." And at the demonstration, Jeroen van Maanen of the Farmers Defence Force told the crowd: "The farmer is always part of the solution."
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Farmers Protest Discrimination from Eco-Warriors in Germany

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Farmers Protest Discrimination from Eco-Warriors in Germany
Breitbart News

URL: https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2019/1 ... -warriors/
Category: Politics
Published: October 23, 2019

Description: Thousands of farmers in their tractors have taken to the streets of Germany, protesting the government’s environmentalist agenda and the climate of hostility that agriculture faces from urban eco-warriors. On Tuesday, farmers across Germany led ‘tractor parades’ into the nation’s cities.

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According to the German newspaper Die Welt, some 2,000 tractors descended upon the city of Bonn, and thousands of farmers took the same path in Hanover, Munich, Berlin, and Hamburg. Organised by a group called ‘Land Creates Connection’, the farmers demanded not only a say in the formation of agricultural and environmental policies but also respect from the public who rely on the fruits of their labour. Protestors bore signs that read: “Dear consumer, I am still here. Please talk to me, not about me.” Another sign read: ”Without farmers, no fries.” Famers of Germany feel as though they are regularly scapegoated for environmental problems, and vilified by environmentalist groups as polluters and being guilty of animal cruelty. On the group’s website, they said: “The permanent negative sentiment, the farmer bashing, leads to anger and frustration in the profession… Under such social circumstances and constantly being pilloried, often neither professionally nor proper, the farmer’s profession loses its attractiveness.” Another central concern for the farmers is the burdensome regulations that have been imposed upon them without consultation. Currently at issue are regulations concerning limits on the use of insect repellent and fertilisers. Many of the farmers believe that the new regulations will benefit large farming corporations which can afford to comply with the new rules, while smaller family-run farms will collapse under the regulatory pressure. One farmer told the Dutch broadcasting company NOS that: “We can’t even implement one rule and then another measure comes.” The protests across Germany comes after thousands of farmers took to their tractors to decry the environmentalist agenda in the Netherlands earlier this month. The protests were repeated weeks later when thousands of tractors descended upon the Dutch capital city, again protesting harsh European Union laws and to challenge anti-rural sentiment among urbanites.



Protesting Farmers with 8,600 Tractors Paralyse German Capital
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URL: https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2019/1 ... n-capital/
Category: Politics
Published: November 27, 2019

Description: Thousands of farmers from across Germany took to the streets of Berlin on Tuesday to protest the government’s agricultural policy with an estimated 8,600 tractors blocking traffic.

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Organisers of the event claim that as many as 40,000 people took part in the demonstration, while Berlin police estimated the number of tractors, which caused a shut down to Berlin’s regular traffic, to be around 8,600, Der Tagesspiegel reports. The purpose of the protest was to demonstrate against new agricultural policies introduced by the government of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, which would see much stricter environmental rules imposed on the nation’s farmers. Farmer Frank Schmidt, who co-organised the demonstration, said that he and many other farmers are angry with the new policies, saying that he received as many as 3,000 messages of support in one WhatsApp group. He added that he is a member of around 150 such groups. One of the chief concerns for the farmers is new regulations on fertiliser use pushed by the European Union in areas where nitrates have contaminated the groundwater. The rules will mean many farmers will have to fertilise at a rate of 20 per cent less than the current amount. Farmer Schmidt added that German farmers are also seeing increased pressure from food retailers who are importing a growing amount of cheaper meat and produce from Eastern Europe and South America. The farmer uprising began several months ago when in October, thousands of tractors blocked traffic in Hamburg and several other cities. While the protests are about costs of business, many of the younger farmers also reportedly see themselves being portrayed in a negative light by climate alarmists and said they feel urbanites view them as stupid and greedy. During the protest, Minister of the Environment Svenja Schulze attempted to speak to the crowd saying he “wants the farmers to be part of the solution”, but was rebuffed by the angry farmers who booed her off the stage just five minutes after she appeared.
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German farmers: 'Overregulation is the last thing we need'

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German farmers: 'Overregulation is the last thing we need'
Deutsche Welle

URL: https://www.dw.com/en/german-farmers-ov ... a-51418355
Category: Politics
Published: November 26, 2019

Description: Farmers from across Germany have descended on Berlin to take part in a mass protest against the government's agricultural reform package that foresees a reduction in the use of fertilizers, pesticides and insecticides.

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Line after line, the area around the Brandenburg Gate in central Berlin was clogged up with tractors from all over Germany. Farmers had driven them into the capital days in advance to be more visible to the general public as their mass protest got underway on this Tuesday in November. They were highly aware they were causing traffic jams in downtown Berlin, but people needed to take notice and take an interest in why they were there, they argued. "We can't continue like this as overregulation is the last thing we need," said an angry farmer from the Nordhorn area near the German-Dutch border, who has taken the trouble to drive his tractor to Berlin in an 11-hour ride. "We are not willing to accept what those at the top want us to do without consulting us upfront." "Those at the top" are German Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner and Environment Minister Svenja Schulze. They both presented an agricultural package in September saying that farmers would have to reduce their use of fertilizers, pesticides and insecticides with a view to curbing the dying of insects and reducing the nitrate content in the groundwater.
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"Yes, we've made mistakes in the past, no doubt about that, but we've learned from them," the pig and cattle farmer from near Nordhorn told DW. But we're still the nation's scapegoat as a whole when it comes to the nitrate debate," he went on. "We're not convinced that the measurements made recently are correct — I've got the impression that only the worst cases were reported, but all of us have are made to assume collective responsibility for the few sinners." "We want to see honest research into where the nitrate content in the groundwater really comes from," said another farmer from Bavaria. "I'm not saying that our fertilizers don't contribute to it," he conceded. "But there are other causes as well — however, we farmers are the only ones targeted by the government, and that's unfair." Another two men from family farms in Oldenburg (some 470 kilometers, 292 miles away from Berlin) said they couldn't agree more. "While everyone is targeting us farmers, there's little coverage about the desolate state many of the nation's wastewater treatment plants are in, meaning a lot of nitrate reaches the groundwater every day that shouldn't really reach it at all."
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"When we're supposed to reduce the use of fertilizers by 20% as the government wants us to, it means that our plants get 20% less nutrients every year, and that will have a corresponding impact on our yields and our incomes," said the farmer from Bavaria. "I'd love my son to join our business, but if you can't live off it in the future, it doesn't make any sense to keep him interested." There was agreement among the farmers gathered in Berlin that agricultural subsidies will have to continue to flow to prevent even more farms from going bust. "If prices for our products were a lot higher, we wouldn't need any subsidies," the farmers from Oldenburg told DW. "But then there would also be a lot of price pressure from eastern Europe and other nations which — also because of trade agreements — are making our lives hard with their cheap exports." "We shouldn't really be talking about subsidies at all," said the farmer from Bavaria. "I'd call them compensation payments for the costs we have as a result of high production standards. Without such payments, we would have a devastating disadvantage on the market vis-a-vis nations where production standards are not nearly as high." There's a general feeling among the farmers here that the government has failed to consider their interests while trying to push through even more regulation. "Our mass protest in Berlin today really unites us farmers and is not organized by or related to a given agricultural lobby group," the Bavarian said. "We appear as one unified group, and that will hopefully help us exert more pressure on the government to rethink its current policy."



European farmers stage week of protests
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URL: https://www.dw.com/en/european-farmers- ... v-51444868
Category: Politics
Published: November 27, 2019

Description: This week has seen protests by farmers in the capital cities of Germany, France and the Republic of Ireland. Though their grievances have varied, the demonstrators had a common message: farmers are getting a raw deal.

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Angry Dutch farmers descend on The Hague to demand respect

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Angry Dutch farmers descend on The Hague to demand respect
AP

URL: https://apnews.com/f0a3d660fc8242c4bfc895280bfe7477
Category: Politics
Published: October 1, 2019

Description: THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Thousands of Dutch farmers massed in The Hague on Tuesday to demand more respect for their profession, many after driving in slow-moving tractor convoys that snarled traffic around the country.

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Farmers staged a national day of protest as the Netherlands wrestles with efforts to drastically reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. A broad package of measures includes a plan to grant financial aid to farmers who want to cease operations or adopt more sustainable agriculture practices. There is a lot at stake: According to the Dutch farmers’ organization, LTO, exports from the Netherlands’ nearly 54,000 farms and agriculture businesses were worth 90.3 billion euros ($98.3 billion) last year. Among the farmers’ demands are that the government does not further reduce the number of animals they can keep and for an “independent party” to measure the carbon and nitrogen emissions that farms produce. “This is about our families, our future, the future of our children. It’s about our way of life,” sheep farmer Bart Kemp, one of the protest’s organizers, told the crowd gathered in the Hague. In an emotional speech, Kemp said lawmakers “miss the common sense - farmer’s sense - that nature and animals teach us.” He appealed for a “new era in which the food producers of the Netherlands are listened to” by lawmakers. Organizers said on a website for the demonstration they also wanted to counter a “negative image” farming and farmers have in the Netherlands. They said, “we are not animal abusers and environment polluters. We have a heart for our businesses.” One of the partner parties in the country’s ruling coalition recently proposed a 50% reduction in the number of animals allowed on farms as a way to cut nitrogen emissions. Agriculture Minister Carola Schouten said no such reduction would take place as long as she held her post. She pledged to listen to the farmers’ other concerns. “We are working for a strong agricultural sector with an eye on a healthy environment,” Schouten told the farmers. The Dutch motorists association, ANWB, reported that Tuesday was the busiest ever morning on the nation’s roads, with more than 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) of traffic jams blamed on convoys of tractors, bad weather and accidents. Some farmers avoided the traffic by driving their tractors along the North Sea beach to The Hague. Others set off in the early hours of the morning and waited, honking their tractors’ horns, in long lines to get into the city. Police sealed off roads heading into The Hague’s historic center and arrested at least one farmer for driving his tractor through a metal fence surrounding the protest site and a second for allegedly interfering with the arrest. Cattle farmer Peter Boogards drove his tractor from the nearby village of Wassenaar to express his anger. “We’re the only sector that has managed to reduce phosphate production by 20%,” he said. “Nobody listens to us, while we stick to agreements. We don’t like that.”



Thousands of farmers protest across Germany
AP

URL: https://apnews.com/99f74d2b32b3495ba6f3616e3dc7275c
Category: Politics
Published: October 22, 2019

Description: BERLIN (AP) — Thousands of farmers are protesting across Germany against stricter environmental and climate protection requirements planned by the government that they say are threatening their livelihood.

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The German news agency dpa reported that about 4,000 farmers protested on Tuesday in the western city of Bonn, 500 in Hamburg and thousands more in various places in southern and northern Germany. The farmers blocked traffic with hundreds of tractors for hours. Dpa reported that the farmers fear that planned regulations to better protect insects, wildlife and measures to keep the groundwater clean threaten the financial livelihood especially of traditional family farms. They also express frustration about a trend of so-called “farmer bashing” — negative remarks about farmers when it comes to livestock breeding or crops.



Farmers blocking Berlin roads to protest government policies
AP

URL: https://apnews.com/c876438f330e4d8ea0a062f45f678c65
Category: Politics
Published: November 26, 2019

Description: BERLIN (AP) — Thousands of farmers descended upon Berlin from the countryside with their tractors Tuesday, gathering at the capital’s landmark Brandenburg Gate and blocking traffic in protest over the German government’s agricultural policies.

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About 10,000 farmers with 5,000 tractors drove into the city, with the first 1,800 heavy vehicles arriving from the surrounding state of Brandenburg before dawn. The farmers claim new environmental limits being planned are overly restrictive and that the government is making it impossible for domestic agriculture to compete against imports, among other things. “7.5 billion people; 200 million can feed themselves as hunters and gatherers. The rest need farmers,” read one banner, while others simply stated: “No famers, no food” and “we fill you up.” The tractors gathered in the heart of the capital, blocking wide areas of the city with slow-moving convoys on the way in with a plan to cause more disruptions on their way out at rush hour. Brandenburg police reported two accidents caused by cars trying to pass the lines of tractors on their way in to the city. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Cabinet in September decided on a series of proposals including tighter restrictions on the use of pesticides and herbicides to protect insects, and on fertilizers to protect groundwater. The country’s environment minister, Svenja Schulze, said the government is willing to talk to farmers but insisted that they, too, need to play their part in protecting the environment. “Farmers need to be part of the solution,” she told reporters in Berlin, citing the excessive levels of fertilizer in drinking water and the dramatic decline in insect numbers as issues that farmers should be concerned about. Farmers’ leaders say the government should work with them and conservation groups to find ways to protect the environment while preserving the competitiveness of farms. The environmental group Greenpeace criticized both sides, saying that Agriculture Minister Julia Kloeckner was trying to shift the burden onto consumers by saying they’ll have to get used to paying more for food, while the farmers needed to also help fight climate change and species extinction. “Farms need clear and reliable guidelines and targeted recommendations,” said Greenpeace’s agricultural expert Stephanie Toewe “Then they will also have the ability to operate so that the water, animals and climate are protected.”



French farmers protest stagnant revenues, unfair competition
AP

URL: https://apnews.com/7d51bbf297fb4da6bbcb7a13eb0bc12d
Category: Politics
Published: November 27, 2019

Description: PARIS (AP) — Rumbling two by two down the ring road around Paris, disgruntled French farmers drove their tractors to the capital Wednesday to protest stagnant revenues and what they say is unfair global competition.

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The protest snarled traffic in the Paris area from daybreak to nightfall, as farmers from across the country attempted to use 1,000 tractors to block off access to Paris. It was among several recent farmer protests around Europe driven by growing concerns about maintaining European agricultural traditions and standards. The tractors will remain parked on the highway circling the city until French President Emmanuel Macron agrees to meet with protesters, regional farmers’ union spokesperson Elisa Despiney told The Associated Press. They could remain there for “hours, or maybe days,” she added. By mid-morning, blue and green tractors bearing signs reading “Respond, Macron!” had advanced toward the southwestern edge of the city, taking up two lanes of the highway as police escorted them on motorcycles. They then stalled on the Paris ring road, where some protesters pitched tents and lit fires. Protesters on foot inside the city, meanwhile, blocked off the Champs-Elysees and scattered hay across the famous Paris avenue. Police surrounded a group of farmers beneath the Arc de Triomphe, but the actions were peaceful. The French presidency said no meeting between Macron and a delegation of farmers was planned at this stage. However, Agriculture Minister Didier Guillaume agreed to meet with a group of farmers Wednesday evening. Farmers’ grievances include free trade agreements they say put them at a disadvantage, a government reform that failed to increase their revenues, and regulations they say hinder the sector’s performance. Damien Greffin, president of the farmers’ union for the Paris region, placed the blame for farmers’ woes squarely on Macron, whom he called the “instrument of these divisions” in an interview with BFM TV. He called on Macron to rally French citizens to support agricultural workers. Farmers have specifically criticized a law passed last year that intended to bolster French agriculture. They say they haven’t seen the increased revenues the government promised. They have also condemned “agri-bashing,” or perceived public hostility toward farmers, particularly from those who criticize their use of pesticides and treatment of animals. “We’d just like to work without people constantly pointing their finger at us about the plant protection products we use, about animal welfare,” said Antoine Benoist, a 44-year-old farmer from the Essonne region. “We are the first to be careful with our future, to think about our health, the health of our children, about animal welfare.” The agriculture minister told Europe 1 radio Wednesday that he supports “their anger and their protest.” He added that “enough is enough” of “permanent denigration” and the gulf between city residents and farmers. Guillaume defended last year’s agriculture law, saying that a two-year experimentation phase is still under way and it will take time for farmers to see its benefits. The main farmers’ union has organized actions throughout the country, including a similar tractor protest in Lyon, where about 600 farmers with some 120 tractors blockaded three entrances to the city. Paris and Lyon police advised car drivers to stay off the affected roads. The demonstrations in France follow similar protests in Germany on Tuesday, when some 10,000 farmers drove 5,000 tractors into Berlin to protest the German government’s agricultural policies. Farmers in the Netherlands clogged highways last month to decry what they said was unfair blame for nitrogen pollution in the country. The new EU Commission president on Wednesday promised that farming would continue to be at the heart of the bloc. Ursula von der Leyen told the EU parliament in Strasbourg, France, that agriculture, which long absorbed half the EU budget before slowly tapering off, “will remain a valued part of our culture and our future.” She promised help for young farmers to boost their income, and insisted she would act against unfair global competition that European farmers increasingly fear will undercut domestic prices. She said that EU trading partners “must comply with EU environmental standards” if they want to import farm products.



Dutch farmers, construction workers protest pollution policy
AP

URL: https://apnews.com/1358ac3434ec521587273076bf9fe658
Category: Politics
Published: December 18, 2019

Description: THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — From border crossings in the east to a steel factory in the west, Dutch farmers and construction workers protested Wednesday against the government pollution policies they say are driving them out of business. Farmers took to the roads in their tractors, blocking a major highway at the border with Germany. They also parked in the center of The Hague and in front of the entrance to a steel mill near the North Sea coast, Dutch police and media reported. The Dutch protests are part of a wave of demonstrations in Europe that also includes unions in France who are upset over French President Emmanuel Macron’s pension reform plans. Also Wednesday, opponents of legislation in Poland that would give the government the power to fire or fine judges are expected to take to the streets. The unrest in the Netherlands began earlier this year when many construction projects were halted following a Dutch ruling that the government’s policy on granting building permits breached European pollution laws. The government has been scrambling ever since to do more to rein in the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. Wednesday’s protests came a day after Dutch senators approved urgent legislation to cut emissions of the pollutant nitrogen oxide. Measures include making farmers change the feed they give to livestock and extending a voluntary scheme to buy up pig farms. The new legislation, which has already been approved by the lower house of Parliament, also lowers the maximum speed limit on Dutch highways from 130 kph (80 mph) to 100 kph (62 mph). The government announced Wednesday that it had reached a broad agreement with a coalition of farming groups to tackle nitrogen oxide emissions. The Dutch government said it will hold talks with the agriculture sector on a package of investments that will enable “farmers who want to continue in a sustainable way and help farmers who want to stop voluntarily.” Farmers and construction workers who feel they are being unfairly targeted drove to a coal-fired power station and a steel factory Wednesday to underscore the fact that industry also is a major polluter. While the protests were largely peaecful, police said they had issued 24 fines to farmers for offenses including driving tractors on highways. Police closed off a major highway near Amsterdam when farmers drove tractors onto the road. Protester Jacco van den Berg told Dutch national broadcaster NOS that construction workers are prepared to take action to protect their livelihoods, which they say are threatened by measures to reduce pollution. “Something has to happen,” he said. “We’re coming up to Christmas and there are companies that won’t make it to Christmas.”
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French Farmers Fight for Survival

Postby smix » Thu Nov 28, 2019 5:14 pm

French Farmers Fight for Survival
Voice of America

URL: https://www.voanews.com/episode/french- ... al-4105376
Category: Politics
Published: November 28, 2019

Description: Farmers across France are protesting poor economic and social conditions in the farming community. Hundreds of tractors disrupted traffic in Paris and other major cities in a demonstration organized by the National Federation of Agricultural Holders' Unions and the union of young farmers.



Farmers unloaded tires to block some roads and scattered hay bales across the Champs-Elysées, the central avenue in Paris. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports farmers demand a response from President Emmanuel Macron.



Dutch Farmers, Construction Workers Protest Pollution Policy
Voice of America

URL: https://www.voanews.com/europe/dutch-fa ... -pollution
Category: Politics
Published: December 18, 2019

Description: THE HAGUE - Farmers and construction workers protested across the Netherlands early Wednesday, driving in slow-moving convoys during the morning rush hour to demonstrate against government policies aimed at cutting pollution. Traffic authorities warned commuters that the morning rush hour would be busier than usual and police issued fines to some farmers for driving their tractors on the highway as the latest in a series of protests clogged roads around the country. Police closed off a major highway near Amsterdam when farmers drove tractors onto the road. Protester Jacco van den Berg told Dutch national broadcaster NOS that the action was aimed at showing that construction workers are prepared to take action to protect their livelihoods, which they say are threatened by measures to reduce pollution. "Something has to happen," he said. "We're coming up to Christmas and there are companies that won't make it to Christmas." Many construction projects were halted earlier this year when a Dutch court ruled that the government's policy on granting building permits breached European pollution laws. The protests came a day after Dutch senators approved legislation to cut emissions of the pollutant nitrogen oxide. Measures include making farmers change the feed they give to livestock and extending a voluntary scheme to buy up pig farms. The new legislation, which has already been approved by the lower house of Parliament, also lowers the maximum speed limit on Dutch highways from 130 kph (80 mph) to 100 kph (62 mph).
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