Dozens of protesting farmers will block the A1 with tractors on Friday near Holten (towards Deventer) and at the Wilp-Twello exit (towards the east). A lane has been cleared in every direction since 6 p.m., a spokesperson for the police tells NU.nl. Passing cars cause major delays in the area.
Traffic on the A1 was virtually silent this afternoon because of the blockades, says the ANWB. On the surrounding roads and diversions, road users have to take into account a major delay. At the peak, there was an almost two hour delay towards Hengelo.
The local traffic attacks have not yet been resolved, according to the ANWB, which calls the situation "disastrous". Towards the east, the A1 still has seven kilometers of traffic jam. Passing cars create traffic jams on the N345 towards Zutphen (4 kilometers) with a delay of 40 minutes and on the N35 between Zwolle and Almelo there is a 3 kilometer traffic jam. There is a traffic jam on the N344 kilometer between Apeldoorn and Holten, with a delay of over 35 minutes.
According to the police spokesman, the actions are not over yet, but emergency services can now at least pass the roadblocks on the A1. Agents have recorded records of violating protesters where possible. This may lead to fines at a later date.
According to RTV Oost , the farmers planned to stay late until tonight, but are now on their way home. They would have brought a snack car and decided after dinner around 5:30 pm.
The first blockade at Holten started around 3 p.m. A new group of farmers gathered at the Wilp-Twello exit around 4 p.m. In both places, protesters initially blocked the entire roadway. The police consulted with the demonstrators.
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Farmers protest against minister Schouten's plan
The blockades are actions organized by small groups of farmers themselves, says Ronne Smolders of Agractie in conversation with NU.nl. Farmers will demonstrate various places in the country on Friday against a plan by Minister Carola Schouten (Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality) to reduce nitrogen precipitation in the Netherlands.
Schouten wants to prohibit the addition of extra protein to animal feed. Farmers are against the plan because they believe it is bad for the health of the animals.
Demonstrated in more places
The blockade is one of several farmers' actions Thursday and Friday. For example, a small group of dozens of farmers demonstrated on the Malieveld on Friday and farmers reported animal cruelty to Schouten to various police stations.
On Thursday evening dozens of farmers with agricultural vehicles turned up in The Hague and Groningen. In The Hague, the Ministry of Defense had to deliver the inner city with trucks. In Groningen, tractors drove into the city and would have caused damage to the runway of Groningen Airport Eelde.