Dutch farmers piled manure on highways around the Netherlands on Wednesday morning, in an increased protest against the government’s attempts to shut down vast areas of farmland.
The Netherlands was left in a bind after hundreds of roadblocks, which included manure, hay, tires, and other waste piled on the roadways by the supporters of the Dutch farmer protest movement opposing the globalist government of Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s efforts to implement EU-based rules limiting nitrogen use that may result in up to 30% of farms closing across the nation.
Despite numerous stacks of hay and other blockades that were being set on fire, there has been no police action taken as of this writing. According to a public newscaster Nederlandse Omroep Stichting, a spokesman for the police said that determining who exactly dumped the manure or other waste on the roads would be difficult, so no police action would be taken.
Tensions have previously boiled over after police confronted farm protestors, with one officer shooting his handgun at a 16-year-old driver of a tractor. Though the bullets missed, the police were heavily criticized for their disproportionate use of deadly force.
“Protesting is only permitted within the confines of the law,” a Ministry of Agriculture representative stated on Wednesday, condemning the farmers’ most recent moves. “This isn’t it. This isn’t how you move forward as a team.” The government would prefer for the farmers to come to the negotiating table and discuss their concerns with climate targets, he added.
The spokesperson for a public works department said that it’s a “very unpleasant situation,” describing it as dangerous not just because of the burning hay bales, but also because of everything on the road that drivers must swerve to avoid.
Drivers have shown support for the direct action, according to an on-the-scene news reporter for RTV Oos: “Some will raise their thumbs. You see understanding for the actions, but others just shake their heads because it causes a lot of delays.”
The farmers’ protests are in response to the government’s plan to cut the nitrogen emissions from livestock by half by 2030 to meet EU targets set out in the Natura 2000 scheme, which will require member states to remove farming or industry from areas regarded as ecologically important.