Dutch mayor threatens army deployment as farmer protests escalate
A Dutch mayor threatened to use military equipment to clear out tractors as the farmers plan an enormous protest in The Hague.

Mike Campbell

March 10, 2023

The Dutch mayor of The Hague has threatened to use military equipment to clear out tractors and road blockades as the farmers plan an enormous protest in the Netherlands on Saturday.  

Dutch mayor threatens army deployment as farmer protests escalate

On March 11, Dutch farmers will flood to the country’s third largest city to protest their government’s radical climate policies.

Last year, to comply with the European Union’s climate laws, the Dutch government announced it would forcefully shut down 3,000 farms for good. 

 “We want to do it as big as possible,” said a spokesperson from the Farmers Defense Force.

“The farmers are just another group that are bearing the brunt, so that’s why we say: vote them out.”

With potentially tens of thousands of protesters expected, The Hague’s Mayor Jan van Zanen said he might use military equipment to remove tractors blocking traffic. 

“I am not going to rule out the possibility that defense equipment will be deployed. That is available if necessary,” he said.

“We cannot handle this alone,” he added.

Last year, the Dutch agricultural minister resigned after just nine months on the job after being tasked with transitioning the sector away from farming practices and buying out farmers to reduce emissions.

In November, the Dutch anti-terrorism branch labelled people who protest globalist policies pushed by the World Economic Forum as extremists and conspiracy theorists. 

In recent weeks, hundreds of farmers in the Belgian capital of Brussels have also been protesting similar nitrogen cuts announced by their government that they say will put them out of business.

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