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Protesting Dutch Farmers Refuse to Back Down Despite Police Crackdown 

Protesting Dutch Farmers Refuse to Back Down Despite Police Crackdown 

Farmers the Netherlands are protesting new EU-mandated ‘climate’ emission regulations that threaten to destroy their livelihood. 

Protests by Dutch farmers against ‘climate change’ emissions cuts continued over the weekend despite the police crackdown. They are protesting against the new government policy that will force farm-owners to drastically reduce emissions in compliance with the European Union regulations.

As farmers’ protests hit cities cross Holland, police made several arrests and, in one instance, opened fire at a tractor convoy.

The defiant Dutch farmers protested by building Canada-style Freedom Convoys on the highways. They blocked supermarket warehouses, leaving shelves stand empty across the country. The empty supermarket shelves were a reminder of what would happen if the globalist climate policies force Dutch farmers out of business.

The farmers in the Netherlands, Europe’s biggest exporters of meat, are fighting for their survival. Under the new emission restrictions passed by the country’s parliament, they will to be forced to reduce their livestock by 30 percent to meet EU guidelines meant to protect the ‘climate’ and ‘biodiversity.’

Pro-EU Climate activists gleefully watched the police crackdown on the farmers’ movement. “You rip a plaster off a wound in one go,” chief of Greenpeace Netherlands, Andy Palmen, demanded. “Painful choices are now necessary.”

The Associated Press, on Sunday, reported the ongoing protests:

Bales of hay lie burning along Dutch highways. Supermarket shelves stand empty because distribution centers are blocked by farmers. Then, at dusk, a police officer pulls his pistol and shoots at a tractor.

Dutch farmers are embroiled in a summer of discontent that shows no sign of abating. Their target? Government plans to rein in emissions of nitrogen oxide and ammonia that they say threatens to wreck their agricultural way of life and put them out of business. (…)

The Netherlands, a nation of 17.5 million people inhabiting an area a little larger than Maryland, has 1.57 million registered dairy cattle and just over 1 million calves being raised for meat, statistics show. The country’s farms produced exports worth 94.5 billion euros in 2019. (…)

Unveiling a map detailing nitrogen reduction targets last month, the Dutch government called it an “unavoidable transition.” It said the coming year would finally bring clarity for Dutch farmers, “whether and how they can continue with their business. The minister sees three options for farmers: become (more) sustainable, relocate or stop.”

The Dutch government aims to slash nitrogen emissions by 50% by 2030 and has earmarked an extra 24.3 billion euros ($25.6 billion) to fund the changes. Provincial authorities have one year to draw up plans for achieving the reductions.

Dutch farmers raised slogans like “no farmers, no food,” protesting emission regulations that threaten to destroy the farming sector in the Netherlands, the world’s second largest agricultural exporter after the United States.

The protesting farmers where joined by the country’s fishermen, who also fear disastrous fallout of the new Dutch emission rules. They joined forces to block roads in the eastern Netherlands. “Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport and KLM, the Dutch arm of Air France, advised travellers to use public transport, rather than cars, to reach the airport, as farmers’ activist groups said on social media they planned to use tractors to block roads,” the French TV channel Euro News reported this week.

“Several traffic jams were reported on highways in the east of the country and on ferry routes in the north, but none near Schiphol during the morning commute,” the broadcaster added.

Dutch farmers movement also received support from fellow German farmers. “The German farmers on Wednesday blockaded the Autobahn A57 und A61 in Niederrhein, near the border. They showed solidarity with their Dutch colleagues,” the German state broadcaster ARD reported.

[The excerpt from the German news report translated by the author]

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Sri Lanka is the Netherlands in 2 years if this insanity is allowed to continue.

    JackinSilverSpring in reply to Olinser. | July 10, 2022 at 2:42 pm

    The government of the Netherlands ought to study what has happened to the government of Sri Lanka as a case study in moronic policies to satisfy the Watermelons, green on the outside, red on the inside.

    Concise in reply to Olinser. | July 10, 2022 at 2:58 pm

    The reality is that the farmers will lose because it isn’t Sri Lanka. It’s a pivotal moment for both the climate change propagandists and the farmers. Either side gives in and it’s the ballgame. So the farmers will lose and everyone will be poorer and less free for zero benefit, apart from the climate change authoritarians who will likely only become more authoritarian. Until it does become Sri Lanka.

It seems that there might be a limit beyond which the public is unwilling to cross in deference to climate hysteria and radical environmental policies. This is a very pivotal moment. If the opposition remains committed they will likely succeed. If they fracture or concede ground they will lose.

    Stuytown in reply to CommoChief. | July 10, 2022 at 2:46 pm

    Look what the democratically elected tyrant in Canada did to Canada’s truckers recently. The EU apparatchiks are also tyrants. Their depravity should not be underestimated.

      CommoChief in reply to Stuytown. | July 10, 2022 at 4:17 pm

      Very true. Civil disobedience can carry a high individual cost. The govt will impose those costs until there are too many people willing to bear the cost. Then the govt reaches a decision point:
      Jails and impound yards are full and nearly every extended family has had someone jailed yet the protests continue unbroken. Will the govt:
      A. Continue ineffective tactics?
      B. Use tactics that are heavy handed?
      C. Lose their composure and in frustration order protesters to be fired upon?
      1. Will the LEO/Military obey
      OR
      2. Will some or all LEO/Military join the protest
      D. Abandon the policy that caused the protests and stand down?

      If the protesters are unwilling to endure those sorts of outcomes they will be defeated. If they are willing it doesn’t guarantee victory but it is far more likely as our own Civil rights era shows us. See Indian independence movement.

Succeed? Is that some kind of joke? They will absolutely lose. You think the EU climate propagandists are going to give in? nooit zal gebeuren.

henrybowman | July 10, 2022 at 3:11 pm

Anybody here speak Dutch?
The sign in the first photo appears to translate as:
BBQ ice cream, or fries without a drink, that’s not possible.
It almost makes sense, but not quite.
The last one is clear:
We (the cows) are not welcome in this country anymore.

“The minister sees three options for farmers: become (more) sustainable, relocate or stop.”
What a jackass. I see three options for ministers.

It’s time to smash them in the mouth

World War Spring (WWS) After will be recorded as the Transhumane vs the People and our Posterity.

The Netherlands is the second largest food exporter in the world, after the USA. The government is simply irresponsible.

    WTPuck in reply to puhiawa. | July 11, 2022 at 11:54 am

    Evil.

    Wim in reply to puhiawa. | July 11, 2022 at 5:03 pm

    What they are is a rebirth of the bloody 20th century’s worst tyrants: ideologues exerting totalitarian power to achieve a head-in-the-clouds Utopia — all while making a horrible mess of things and impoverishing their own people.

Antifundamentalist | July 10, 2022 at 5:29 pm

Consumers refuse to eat less meat so governments are stepping in and forcing a reduction in the meat available. Artificial manipulation of markets.

Ann in L.A. | July 10, 2022 at 6:07 pm

If manufacturing unions weren’t corrupted by leftist politics, there would have been a general strike across Europe by now. This is clearly a case of Dutch farmers being the top of the list, but the list is long. Eventually, heavy manufacturing, and then light manufacturing will be on the chopping block too. Workers across the continent should be standing with the farmers.

The left won’t stop.

The Netherlands impressive ag productivity is the result of hundreds of years of civil engineering that allows land at or below sea level to thrive. Dikes, dams, canals and pumping systems are all EXTREMELY vulnerable to an insurgency.

Dutch Farmers with nothing to lose – who’s businesses and land have been taken from them – would be in a position to wreak absolute havoc and literally “salt the Earth” on their way to a more sensible country – like South Africa!

No one in power is thinking ahead. The whole WEF crowd has convinced themselves of their own genius. Sadly they can’t even think two moves ahead.

    Desperate people do desperate things. In effect, taking the value of their land from them could literally be turned into a reality. We almost seem to be at a moment in time where the world is missing a competent leader with any power. Faced with many serious issues, this seems to be a prescription for unpredictable chaos, which makes me wonder if the prospects for financial markets are not pessimistic enough.

    Evil Otto in reply to Finn Harp. | July 11, 2022 at 7:40 am

    “No one in power is thinking ahead. The whole WEF crowd has convinced themselves of their own genius. Sadly they can’t even think two moves ahead.”

    I think you’re assuming they aren’t being actively malicious. The damage they’re doing doesn’t affect them. They won’t starve, no matter what. They’ll still be able to travel on private planes.

    “Unless he is suffering, how can you be sure that he is obeying your will and not his own? Power is in inflicting pain and humiliation. Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.” -George Orwell, 1984

“You rip a plaster off a wound in one go,” chief of Greenpeace Netherlands, Andy Palmen, demanded. “Painful choices are now necessary.”
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Farmers should also make sure this dipshit never gets a single bit of food. He wants people to starve, he can be the first to do so.

number crunch | July 10, 2022 at 11:38 pm

Lets see. A panic based lockdown, that decimates their economy, starving their military of funds so they have the inability to defend themselves, a ridiculous green energy investment strategy that placed them at Russia’s mercy, sanctioning Russian energy and now passing legislation to shut down food production.

Too stupid to live. Only question that remains is whether Europe starves to death next year or freezes to death this winter. If they want to commit suicide, we shouldn’t stop them.

The farmers should embrace the depopulation movement AND start with their green politicians and the WEF stooges instead of the middle class. /sarc.

All of Europe, particularly Germany, the Netherlands and Scandinavian countries, bought into the “Green Agenda”, hook, line and sinker for the last 30 years.
Whenever even occurrences of overwhelming evidence brought to life by real life “reality check events”, common sense, or even survival, urged a re-think to these suicidal policies, they only double-down.
Whether this is a result of insanity, incompetence, arrogance, or all of the above, at this point it can only be deduced for whatever reasons to be deliberate.
The virtue-signaling citizenry of Europe who bought into this whole scheme are now beginning to realize – hopefully – that they’ve been had.
And we see it happening not just in Europe but in real-time around the world.
The elite overseers most definitely have an agenda, and they know they have but a limited time in order to force it into full compliance, as they see the citizenry is beginning to experience that “rude awakening” to what’s really going on.
Resist or perish.

If the Crusades launched originally by George W Bush and continued today under Joe Biden have any remaining appeal just re-read this article and remind yourself “this is exactly the behavior that would be worth a crusade if it happened to be done by people who call God Allah”

A Punk Named Yunk | July 11, 2022 at 7:25 pm

Are the truckers willing to retaliate against violence? Like the tractor that got shot at; should the driver have turned it around and ploughed into the trigger-happy cop? Or have a line of tractors overturning all the police vehicles?

I think that, had the Canadian truckers been willing to take that step, it might have cowed the already cowardly cops to non-compliance with their evil orders.