Dutch farmers promise “stronger” action after first meeting with government

Dutch farmers have described the first round of talks with Prime Minister Mark Rutte as disappointing, with some declaring that “stronger” action will follow the meeting.

On Friday, the first round of talks was held in Utrecht between major farming organizations including the LTO, which represents around 35,000 farmers, and the globalist government of Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his hand-picked “broker”, former Deputy Prime Minister Johan Remkes.

Rutte apologized to the farmers, according to the public broadcaster RTV Drenthe, for causing “great confusion” over the so-called “nitrogen card”, and laid out the areas that had to stop farming activity as a result of the EU-based wildlife. the safeguard scheme that the Dutch government has used to justify plans to halve nitrogen emissions by 2030.

The plan could see as much as 30 percent of farms shut down, which some have argued is nothing more than an attempt by the state to grab land that has been privately owned for generations.

Despite admitting that the map released by the government was inaccurate and led to “misunderstandings” among farmers, the globalist prime minister refused to back down from his 2030 agenda, much to the dismay of farming organisations.

Rutte described the meeting as “an open conversation” that had shown “many emotions and great concerns”.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte speaks to the media after a meeting with representatives of farmers’ organizations in Utrecht on August 5, 2022, about plans to cut nitrogen emissions in the Netherlands by reducing livestock and closing some farms. – Netherlands OUT (Photo by JEROEN JUMELET/ANP/AFP via Getty Images)

However, the farmers were more direct when sharing their disappointment with the meeting.

Bart Kemp, a farmer from Ede, told regional public broadcaster Omroep Gelderlan that he expects a “beautiful, positive action” on Saturday, saying: “There will be tractors and farmers handing out produce. And I expect that too come stronger actions.”

Mark van den Oever of the Farmers Defense Force said: “If I get a little taste of the mood, I think you can get ready for the most difficult actions the FDF has ever taken… We’re not going to dwell on that, but we is definitely going to escalate.”

Both before and after the meeting on Friday, farmers were seen lighting hay bales on highways across the country, as well as dumping waste on highways to serve as makeshift roadblocks. The protests, now in their third month, have seen farmers use tractors to block off vital infrastructure such as airports.

Last week, a group of farmers blocked the entrance to a paper mill to demonstrate against the apparent hypocrisy of the government’s nitrogen limits, given that the mill emits more nitrogen than any farm in the region, yet was not threatened with closure under green pressure.

Although the protests have been disruptive, they have been largely peaceful. However, police forces have been accused of being heavy-handed in cracking down on farmers, with a teenage boy almost shot by an officer last month for driving a tractor “menacingly”.

Last week, a group of officers in Almelo were filmed beating protesters with batons as they gathered to defend a mural outside the town hall that read “no farmers, no food”.

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