Environment Minister Christian van der Wall demanded in The Hague on Thursday that farmers’ unions accept the government’s talks. However, LTO, the largest interest group, rejects negotiations with a government-appointed intermediary. Other companies have previously rejected this offer.
Farmers protest: 19 people arrested on Thursday morning
Clashes broke out again with farmers on Thursday night. In Blijswijk near The Hague, mobile police forces intervened and lifted the blockade of several large supermarket warehouses. 19 demonstrators, including nine minors, were temporarily arrested.
Protests took place in different parts of the country. About 200 farmers demonstrated with tractors in front of the provincial administration in Arnhem. Elsewhere, farmers set hay bales on fire along highways.
Dutch farmers protest against environmental regulations
Farmers in the Netherlands have been protesting against strict environmental regulations for weeks. Among others, there were tractor demonstrations, clashes in front of a politician’s private house and a blockade of supermarket warehouses.
The government wants to cut nitrogen emissions by 50 percent nationwide by 2030, and more than 70 percent in natural areas. According to government calculations, this could end about 30 percent of livestock farms. Farmers reacted angrily, blocking highways with tractors and large warehouses of supermarket chains.
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