By ARTHUR LYONS 18 October 2019
After between 20,000 and 25,000 farmers descended on The Hague in 8,000 tractors on Wednesday, many farmers decided to camp out on the Malieveld close to the parliamentary complex to restart the protests on Thursday, DutchNews NL reports.
Dutch farmers staged more mass protests against nitrogen-based pollution regulations in The Hague on Thursday after another large-scale tractor rally.
This week’s demonstrations follow similar mass protests that were carried out by Dutch farmers at the beginning of this month in response to a government proposal to drastically reduce livestock farming to limit nitrogen emissions.
In May, the highest administrative court in the Netherlands ruled that the country was in violation of EU nitrogen emission regulations, and that livestock farming must be slashed by 50 percent to meet the regulation standards.
Farmers say that they’re sick and tired of being characterized by bourgeois green activists, the mainstream globalist press, and leftist politicians as ‘environmental criminals’ for producing the country’s food.
“Last year you didn’t hear anything about nitrogen, and now suddenly it’s a mortal question,” Micha Bouwer of the Farmers Defense Force told Dutch state broadcaster NOS. “These are all people in the city who have two plants on their balcony and say ‘nature is suffering’.”
Demonstrations have clogged motorways, causing massive traffic jams throughout the country.
Army vehicles were deployed and police reinforcements were reportedly brought in from Germany to quell the protests