In the Netherlands, protests continue over the government’s proposed nitrogen policy, requiring livestock genocide and potentially closing nearly one-third of the country’s farms during a global famine. May be imminent..
Domestic events are being compared to the World Economic Forum’s “Great Reset” around the world.
Dutch farmers, truck drivers and others have used social media to organize the blockade of food distribution hubs across the country on the Northwestern European coast.
Result: Empty supermarket shelves.
The Epoch Times is seeking comment from a major Dutch grocery store.
Still, the July 4th-focused protest did not affect the operation of Eindhoven Airport. Telegram posting It became a virus the day before.
“We continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis,” a spokesman for Eindhoven told The Epoch Times on July 5.
In addition, a spokesperson for the Dutch Ministry of Defense said the Epoch Times was not asked to provide assistance on July 4.
“Peasants are the center of the country”
Mark de Jong, a spokesman for Freedom Convoy Fryslân, owns a shipping company that he says employs 30 people.
In an interview on July 2, he told the Epoch Times that his nitrogen crisis was in favor of the Dutch government and the European Union (EU).
“Peasants are not a problem. They are people who always take care of the land and nature,” he said.
Thierry Bode, a member of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands, gave a similar view in an interview with The Epoch Times on July 5.
Bode, who heads the Forum for Democracy, traced the current conflict to Natura 2000, an EU network of protected areas established in 1992 through the Habitats Directive.
More than half Some of the country’s nationally protected areas are also covered by Natura 2000.
However, decades after the network began, nitrogen deposition by agricultural activities, including ammonia produced by livestock manure, has already begun to show changes in plant species growing in the Netherlands.
This shift is inconsistent with the Habitats Directive, which mandates careful conservation and maintenance of protected habitats and species as part of the Natura 2000 network.
“At that time, politicians were as stupid as they are now, but no one was looking ahead and wondering what this meant in the future,” Bode said.
“Because the Netherlands has agreed to protect with the EU, we are facing a kind of political bureaucratic problem. [existing plant species]However, nowadays, the vegetation of the country will change due to the increase of population and the increase of cattle. “
Bode and some of his colleagues promoted the more relaxed nitrogen greenhouse gas emission standards in the Netherlands, in line with German standards.
Still, as part of the 2019 debate on this topic, then-Minister of Agriculture Carola Schouten argued that “regulations must be stricter” in the Netherlands. As reported by Dutch Broadcasting Foundation.
“What our politicians are doing is to create this whole fake story that nitrogen oxides are very toxic, very dangerous and pollute the environment. So they can sell this project, the expropriation of farmers, “Bode told the era.
Truck driver Willem, who preferred to use the alias, told The Epoch Times on July 2 that he was willing to be arrested during the protest.
He said his livelihood depends on the peasants near him: “If they want to close the peasants here, I don’t have a job anymore.”
“Peasants are the center of the country, and that’s why we’re fighting,” he said, saying he’s from a farmer himself.
Activists fear provocation by undercover police
Rumors are swirling that undercover police, called “Romeos” by the Dutch, will use violence during peaceful protests.
1 video On June 28, a masked man dressed in civilian rushed towards the building and apparently retreated before entering the van with the Dutch National Police insignia.
Bode described the surge in footage of allegedly provoked agents as “extremely suspicious,” adding that the peasants he spoke to did not support violent tactics.
“If there were any farmers doing that, it was an absolute fringe of the total population,” he said.
He compared the suspicious “Romeo” to the undercover investigator’s provocative who allegedly caused violence at the US Capitol on January 6, 2020.
“It is certain that undercover agents will be deployed during the demonstrations, which has not been denied by the government,” said Gideon van Mayhelen, a member of the Forum for Democracy’s Second House of Representatives. I mentioned it in an interview with the Epoch Times on the 5th of March.
The Epoch Times contacted the Dutch National Police for comment.