A photo on social media has captured two monstrous German water cannon trucks allegedly on route to the Dutch farmers’ planned Saturday protest in The Hague.
Earlier this week, The Dutch mayor of The Hague threatened to use military equipment to clear out tractors and road blockades as the farmers plan an enormous protest in the Netherlands on Saturday.
On Friday, just one day before the planned protest, Dutch commentator Eva Vlaardingerbroek shared a photo on social media allegedly taken in the Netherlands.
“German (!) water cannons have been spotted on the highway to The Hague, where the farmers’ protest will be held tomorrow,” Vlaardingerbroek tweeted.
“Earlier this week the mayor announced he might deploy army trucks. This is what ‘the right to protest’ looks like in our ‘liberal democracy’.”
On March 11, Dutch farmers will flood to the country’s third largest city to protest their government’s radical climate policies.
“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, to comply with the European Union’s climate laws, the Dutch government announced it would forcefully shut down 3,000 farms for good.