Several groups of farmers protested Saturday evening against the decision of Carola Schouten (Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality) to ban the addition of protein in animal feed. In this way, Schouten wants to reduce nitrogen emissions, but the farmers disagree. In the north of the country in particular, groups of farmers took to the streets with their tractors.

A number of farmers met on the A28 at the Hoogeveen junction on Saturday evening around 11:30. They blocked the road with their agricultural vehicles. Police officers on the spot have been talking to the farmers, a police spokesperson said. Six farmers were thrown on the bill for involvement in the blockade. After an hour, the junction was released again and traffic started again.

Farmers also drove their tractors on various roads in Friesland and Groningen, but it does not seem to be blockades.

Furthermore, dozens of tractors drove through Amsterdam. It was agreed with the police that they can make a round, but they should not drive on the canals and should not go to Dam Square. Agents guided the farmers so that the action would run smoothly. Around half past eleven the farmers left town again, AT5 writes .

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Farmers in the city center

AvatarAvatar AuthorMaartjegeelsMoment of places20: 59 - July 4, 2020

Protests at some distribution centers

Several groups of farmers blocked several supermarket distribution centers on Saturday evening. They stood with dozens of tractors on and next to the terrain of the Jumbo in Veghel in Brabant. The business park was closed to other traffic.

The demonstration at Veghel ended around 11.30 pm, the police say on Twitter. Images on social media show that farmers are being led away from the business park.

The demonstration ends around 11.30 pm, the police guide the farmers as much as possible on their return journey. Safety is the starting point for all involved.

AvatarAvatar Author Author moment of places 21: 48 - July 4, 2020

A similar demonstration took place earlier today at the Albert Heijn distribution center in Zwolle. Since Thursday evening, farmers in relatively small groups in various places in the country have been protesting against Schouten's decision, including on the Binnenhof, Malieveld, A1 and A2.

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