Ministerial criticism of “life-threatening” peasant protests

Angry Dutch farmers have resumed their protests after weeks of hiatus. They are demanding an finish to the federal government’s plans to scale back the nation’s nitrogen emissions by decreasing livestock and shutting farms.

Several essential roads within the central and jap components of the nation have been blocked on Wednesday and Thursday by farmers dumping manure and lighting fires.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte known as the protests “dangerous to life” and “unacceptable” on Twitter: “Putting other people in danger, damaging our infrastructure and threatening people who help clean up is beyond all limits,” Rutte writes.

Large emissions

The Netherlands is the world’s second largest exporter of agricultural merchandise, but additionally one in every of the most important greenhouse fuel emitters in Europe as a result of the quantity of cow manure and fertilizers.

Dutch farmers see themselves as unfairly singled out in comparison with massive enterprise and trade, and plenty of have vowed to oppose any plans to downsize agriculture and shut farms. The authorities’s plans would imply round 30 p.c fewer livestock within the nation.

Support from Trump

The farmers have gained some sympathy among the many Dutch public. In a number of components of the nation, individuals have hung upside-down Dutch flags – a logo of the prostheses – from streetlights and street bridges.

The demonstrators have additionally acquired help on the appropriate wing outdoors the borders of the Netherlands. Former US President Donald Trump praised them final week for “bravely standing up to the climate tyranny of the Dutch government.” The French right-wing nationalist chief Marine Le Pen has additionally supported the protesters.

Farmers carrying tractors blocked roads and grocery store warehouses in a sequence of protests within the Netherlands in June.

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