The dozens of farmers, who came to The Hague with tractors, and some of whom took a seat in the public gallery, spoke with CDA member Derk Boswijk, BBB leader Caroline van der Plas, Forum for Democracy MP Gideon van Meijeren and MP Wybren van Haga. .
tears in eyes
One of the visitors, farmer Koos, got emotional in a conversation with Boswijk. “Don’t let us burst,” he said with tears in his eyes. There are a few tractors outside the Chamber Building, and the police are on their feet. The nitrogen debate followed a massive protest in Stroe against the cabinet’s plans.
According to dairy farmer Jaap from Maasland, many of the farmers came to the House after work while the debate was still going on. They had hoped that the policy would be changed, but ‘nothing is happening’. Other farmers present say that the farmer’s actions will become ‘even more intense’. “Yesterday in Stroe it was still fun”, says an activist. “But if we only wanted fun, we would go to a barn party.”
The farmers indicated that they were desperate. Some consider emigrating. They discuss among themselves in which color of the nitrogen map their farm is located. In some areas, nitrogen emissions need to be more than halved, or even reduced by 95 percent. The provinces can still fill this in.
Agractie chairman Bart Kemp says that the visit to The Hague is a spontaneous reaction of farmers from the west of the Netherlands ‘to the persistence of politicians in the nitrogen plans’. Kemp expects that ‘definitely more farmers will join’.
According to the police, it was quiet at the Chamber building in the evening. Around 11 p.m. there were a few tractors. A spokesman for Mayor Jan van Zanen indicates that this is not a demonstration, because the farmers in the House of Representatives are following the debate. Tractors are not blocking through roads, so there is no reason to act now, the spokeswoman said.
The House of Representatives has been debating the proposed policy since 10 a.m.