Sunday 25 September 2022

Some wind farm protesters are radicalised, says counter terrorism unit

Wind Turbine Farm

The campaign against wind farms in some parts of the Netherlands has become so extreme that protestors could be described as ‘radicalised’ according to the latest analysis of the security situation in the Netherlands by counter terrorism unit NCTV.

The protests may not have a ‘classic ideology’ behind them, but given the political aims, they can be described as extremism, the NCTV said.

‘At a local level, citizens take part in democratic protests against wind farms, but in Drenthe and Groningen in particular, the protests are taking on illegal form… threats, intimidation and vandalism are being used,’ the new NCTV report said.

Jan Nieboer, from the protest groups Platform Storm and Tegenwind Veenkoloniën, told broadcaster NOS he understands the concern. ‘I have heard that people have bought hand grenades and explosives,’ he said.

‘I’m not justifying this… but I do understand that people who are desperate take these measures. They feel as if they are being hunted down.’

In the Veenkoloniën, the area of peat fen in the east of Drenthe and Groningen, opponents say the landscape is being spoiled by turbines and that they have to face constant noise.

Locals are not opposed to green energy and ‘embrace’ solar panels, he said.

Thank you for donating to

The team would like to thank all the generous readers who have made a donation in recent weeks. Your financial support has helped us to expand our coverage of the coronavirus crisis into the evenings and weekends and make sure you are kept up to date with the latest developments. has been free for 14 years, but without the financial backing of our readers, we would not be able to provide you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch. Your contributions make this possible.

If you have not yet made a donation, but would like to, you can do so via Ideal, credit card or Paypal.