Fed up with United Nations’ “global sustainability” restrictions that are driving them out of business, farmers across Europe are rebelling against their national governments’ sudden and sweeping agricultural impositions.
In May 2019, the highest administrative court in the Netherlands decided that the Dutch were guilty of violating European Union (EU) nitrogen emission regulations and that livestock farming must be cut by 50 percent to satisfy the official standards.
On October 1, at least 2,000 farmers staged a national protest in support of their livelihoods by trundling their tractors to The Hague, the Dutch seat of the government. At times, the slow-moving tractors occupied both highway lanes and impeded traffic.
Some farmers steered their tractors along the North Sea beaches that led to the city.
The mass demonstration was organized by the non-profit farmers’ movement called Land Schafft Verbindung (Land Creates Connection). Tens of thousands of farmers have joined the resistance group
At issue is a government proposal to drastically reduce livestock farming to limit nitrogen emissions – standards that won’t apply to the highly-polluting airlines and airports throughout Europe.
The farmers also defended themselves from the increasingly negative message that mainstream media outlets continue to regurgitate, blaming western carbon-users for destroying the Earth. Event organizers posted on one of their websites:
“We are not animal abusers and environment polluters. We have a heart for our businesses.”
The protestors, along with weather conditions and accidents, created more than 620 miles (1,000 kilometers) of traffic jams.
The farmers’ demonstration resulted in only two arrests by police in The Hague. One irate farmer drove his tractor over a fence and was detained. The second was arrested when he tried to stop the law enforcement officers from detaining the first offender.
Dutch officials put a good face on the chaotic traffic mayhem and said in a statement:
“The police respect that farmers are standing up for their interest and we’re trying to facilitate this demonstration with hundreds of tractors as well as possible.”
Bart Kemp raises sheep and helped organize the tractor protest. He explained to the crowd gathered in The Hague why his fellow farmers came out in droves that autumn day:
“This is about our families, our future, the future of our children. It’s about our way of life.”
Kemp added that legislators didn’t have “the common sense – farmer’s sense – that nature and animals teach us,” and appealed for a “new era in which the food producers of the Netherlands are listened to” by politicians.
On October 16, between 20,000 and 25,000 Dutch farmers revisited The Hague with 8,000 tractors to restart their protests.
In September, the German government unveiled its climate change plan from the present until 2030. The UN-driven mandate includes higher taxes on CO2 emissions, increased prices for gasoline, diesel, and natural gas, coupled with credits for people who buy heating systems deemed more environmentally-friendly.
European farmers believe that the increasingly restrictive and punitive environmental policies discriminate against them because they are affected disproportionally.
On October 22, about 2,000 frustrated farmers drove tractors to Munich, the capital of Bavaria and the second most populous German federal state. A total of 1,000 tractors, with some convoys of as many as 150 tractors, blocked two central streets, the Odeonsplatz and the Ludwigstrasse, for hours until police cleared the area.
The tractors moved off towards the Siegestor (Victory Gate), a landmark triumphal arch similar to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France.
Police reported traffic disruptions throughout the city. Rallies were held throughout Germany with the main demonstration planned at Bonn on the banks of the Rhine River and Würzburg, the capital of Lower Franconia in northern Bavaria.
Organizers canceled the protest in Würzburg before its official start over security concerns. The 1,000 tractors well outnumbered the 650 that were estimated to turn out and completely filled the rendezvous point near the palatial Würzburg Residence. A police spokesperson confirmed that snarled traffic has brought commuter activities to a halt:
“In Würzburg, nothing was moving.”
Firefighters and ambulances were unable to navigate through the thronging farmers aboard their heavy machinery. The Bavarian Red Cross reported:
“Fortunately, there were no medical emergencies in the affected areas at this time.”
In Bonn, almost 10,000 farmers drove 1,000 tractors and other farm machines to protest en masse. Meike Schulz, a spokesperson for Land Creates Connection, explained why the farmers felt the need to band together to oppose new government agricultural rules:
“We want politics and associations to speak with us as a base.”
German farmers, like their Dutch counterparts, are suffering from years of income losses. EU and federal regulations regarding environmental practices have tightened steadily recently.
One unnamed British farmer condemned the climate alarmists:
“The best thing you could do is to change your own bloody lives and stop telling the rest of us how to change ours and demanding change immediately.”
The Briton called out the UN globalists who are ruining lives and economies over an unproven theory based on bad science:
“You’re a bunch of self-entitled wastrels. Get back to whatever work it is you’re supposed to be doing and stop being a pain in the ass.”