Almost all tractor blockades at distribution centers and supermarkets have now ended. Farmers in various parts of the country demonstrated on Tuesday against the cabinet’s nitrogen policy by blocking access roads with their vehicles. This happened in seven locations during the afternoon, but the farmers ended their protests by early evening. This is reported by various local media.
On Tuesday, the activists made themselves heard at supermarkets and distribution centers in Deventer, Drachten, Haaksbergen, Almere, Woerden and Nijkerk, among others. The number of protests was less extensive on Tuesday than the day before, when there were more than 20 tractor blockades across the country. In addition to distribution centers, farmers then also demonstrated on highways, at the Media Park in Hilversum and at a waste processor. Fishing vessels also blocked the ports in Lauwersoog, Harlingen, Den Helder, IJmuiden and Vlissingen, among others.
The actions and consequences thereof were less drastic on Tuesday. By the evening, the farmers left the demonstration locations without much resistance, but in Nijkerk, Raalte and Hengelo the mayors have introduced an emergency ordinance. According to them, this was necessary because the farmers did not leave the three municipalities of their own accord.
The Central Food Trade Bureau (CBL), the branch organization for supermarkets, estimates the financial damage after a day and a half of protesting at tens of millions of euros. Products that were left behind in the centers due to the blockades and could not be transported to the fresh produce departments of supermarkets, were partly spoiled. In addition, shelves in supermarkets remained empty on Monday and Tuesday, fearing a loss of turnover as a result. The CBL will investigate whether it can recover the damage.
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