Friday 03 April 2020

Farmers to protest in The Hague on Wednesday, tractors banned from motorways

Tractors on the Malieveld in October. Photo: Molly Quell

Wednesday’s planned protest by farmers in The Hague will not involve driving tractors on to the Malieveld open space by parliament or on the motorways, according to the code of conduct drawn up by organisers Farmers Defence Force.

Previous tractor protests about the government’s plans to tackle farm-related pollution and other issues caused major chaos on the roads and left officials with a €27,000 bill to repair the damage  to the Malieveld.

Should any tractors arrive at the Malieveld they will be removed, city officials said on Monday.

In a letter to supporters, the FDF’s controversial chairman Mark van den Oever says the aim of the campaign is to ‘burrow into the soul of our opponents.’

‘We did it in Den Bosch,’ he said, referring to the way the province of Brabant changed its plans following a mass blockade. ‘Now The Hague is on the chopping block.’

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