The farmers' protest campaign against the nitrogen policy of the cabinet in The Hague has ended somewhat grimly. The police stopped hundreds of farmers when, after the demonstration at the Koekamp, they were planning a "playful action" at the Ministry of Agriculture Minister Carola Schouten.
Organizer Farmers Defense Force had previously invited both Schouten and Prime Minister Mark Rutte to provide text and explanations, but as expected they did not come.
"If Schouten does not want to come to us, we will go to her," said FDF leader Marc van den Oever at the end of the demonstration. He then asked campaigners to take an FDF sticker at the stage and walk together to the ministry, about 300 meters away.
Mobile Unit (ME) agents, however, prevented it from happening and stopped the crowd halfway. For a moment there was a grim situation and the farmers chanted "farmers, farmers". After both the ME and FDF campaigners called for things not to escalate, everyone returned to his or her trigger and then returned home.
The ME stopped hundreds of farmers at the intersection just before the ministry.
FDF: Ten thousand farmers present
With a few thousand farmers in sight, fewer demonstrators were present than in previous farmers' protests. According to the organization, however, there were about twenty thousand farmers, of whom about ten thousand would have come to The Hague by tractor.
FDF spokesman Jeroen van Maanen spoke after a "perfect demonstration". According to him there were few to no disturbances, civilians were hindered as little as possible.
According to Van Maanen, the statement that nitrogen policy affects the farmers unreasonably harshly. "In addition, we have successfully drawn attention to the new nitrogen calculation of the Mesdag Dairy Fund, which will be published tomorrow (Thursday, ed.)."
Farmers had parked their tractors around the stage. (Photo: Pro Shots)
FDF allows farmers to choose between CDA and Forum
During the official program, entitled It's five to twelve , various speakers from the agricultural sector and politicians spoke. The public reacted regularly with cheers or by horns with the tractors, which were positioned along the edge of the field.
FDF also invited politicians from the CDA and Forum For Democracy (FVD). In other words, the 'old farmers' party 'and perhaps the' new farmers 'party', the organization wanted to make clear. On behalf of FVD, both Thierry Baudet and Theo Hiddema were present.
"Our Prince Carnival Geert Wilders", according to Van Maanen "also felt like jumping on the podium", but the PVV leader was not invited. "First let him do better for agriculture," he cried.
Hagenaren are now used to tractors in their city. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Tractors did not go to Malieveld as agreed
FDF had instructed activists in advance not to park on the Malieveld. Most of them put their machines next to the Malieveld or on nearby asphalt and green areas.
The maneuvering of the tractors in the narrow area occasionally caused chaotic situations, but otherwise went smoothly. Because the vehicles blocked the tram lane, the tram traffic was disrupted for some time.
The first farmers arrived early in the morning in the Hofstad. The police had agreed with FDF that the farmers were not allowed to drive on the highway with tractors, which is why the route was largely on B roads.
Incidentally, the farmers already showed themselves on Monday evening by blocking the entrance to the Binnenhof from the Binnenhof during an unannounced protest action. This did not happen to disturbances.
Farmers were present early in the Hague on Wednesday morning.