In the Netherlands, farmers blocked several highways with tractors on Friday in protest against planned environmental regulations. The blockades led to several hundred kilometers of traffic jams, according to the country’s transport services. Many holidaymakers were also affected by this. The summer holidays started on Friday in some parts of the Netherlands.
The blockades were initially concentrated on roads in the east of the country. According to the authorities, trucks and tractors often hinder traffic on other roads by driving slowly.
Large supermarket warehouses blocked
About 30 farmers had also blocked a large supermarket warehouse in Raalte in the east. Trucks could only receive new goods with a long delay, according to a spokesperson. Blockades of large warehouses led to bottlenecks in supermarkets last week.
Farmers have been protesting for weeks against planned measures to reduce nitrogen emissions. According to the cabinet plan, it must be reduced by an average of 50 percent nationally by 2030 and by more than 70 percent in nature reserves.
Intensive farming is considered to be one of the main causes of ammonia in particular. According to government calculations, the circumstances could mean the end for about 30 percent of livestock farmers.