Thousands of Dutch farmers have risen up in protest against their government’s crippling green agenda policies that are destroying their industry and livelihoods.
10,000 farmers from across the Netherlands came together in protest in The Hague.
Hundreds of tractors from across the Netherlands could be seen driving to the event in The Hague ahead of regional elections this week, and more than 10,000 farmers were in attendance, according to the Reuters news agency.
The protesters are pushing back against the government’s policies to reduce nitrogen emissions, warning they will put farms out of business and affect food production.
Protesters accused the Dutch government of forcing farmers off of privately owned land in order to appease Brussels.
They carried banners reading “No farmers, no food” and “There is no nitrogen ‘problem.’”
Tens of thousands of people turned up for the Dutch farmers protest.
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“We are fighting against a corrupt and unjust government,” Eva Vlaardingerbroek, a prominent campaigner in defense of the farmers, told attendees.
She spoke of a government that “drives our farmers from their land” and which has “turned on its own population.”
“For centuries, our farmers have produced food for millions of people worldwide.
“And instead of what those liars in The Hague claim, they have done so in a responsible and sustainable way.”
“But our cabinet doesn’t care about nature,” she added.
“They have simply created a lie to steal our farmers’ land.”
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Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s administration has vowed to take radical action to meet its ambitious target of halving the country’s nitrogen emissions by 2030.
Rutte has identified the country’s large agriculture sector as being the main culprit due to its large livestock count and use of fertilizers.
The move aligns closely with the “green agenda” goals of the World Economic Forum (WEF).
As Slay News has reported, countries around the world have been pushing to meet the WEF’s climate demands.
As world leaders gathered in November for the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, WEF founder and chairman Klaus Schwab addressed prime ministers, presidents, and other heads of state on what to expect as his agenda is ushered-in to their sovereign nations.
Schwab said that “the world will look differently” after his agenda has been rolled out.
He referred to the completion of his plans as a “transition” that the world will “have gone through.”
“What we have to confront is a deep systemic and structural restructuring of our world,” German economist Schwab said.
“This will take some time and the world will look differently after we have gone through this transition process.”
Last year, the government announced plans to reduce livestock numbers by a third, while farmers have also been told their land could be subject to compulsory buyouts.
As Slay News reported, the Dutch government has also revealed plans to shut down 3,000 farms and confiscate the land.
Leaders in the Netherlands are enforcing a forced “mandatory buyout” scheme to seize the land from farmers.
Dutch politicians have claimed that the government is reportedly planning to confiscate farms from farmers and use the expropriated agricultural land for asylum seekers.
Agricultural workers have staged several demonstrations against the government policy, blocking motorways and supermarket distribution centers in mass protests last year.
“These reductions are so severe that those rural communities will be totally devastated economically,” said Sander van Diepen, a spokesperson for the Dutch agricultural and horticultural association, LTO Nederland, in June last year.
Henk Staghouwer, the former Dutch agriculture minister appointed to see through the plans by Mark Rutte, resigned in September last year after a tumultuous summer fraught with mass demonstrations, admitting that upon reflection he was not “the right person to oversee the tasks in front of me.”
Regional elections for the Dutch Senate are scheduled to take place on March 15.