Update on the farmer protest: farmers have attempted to storm the provincial house in Groningen and are being beaten back by police with batons.
The atmosphere is grim in Groningen as farmers clash violently with police, reports NOS. Farmers used a tractor to break down the door to the provincial house and have hung a noose outside. Earlier in the day, they threatened to storm the building unless the deputy met with them to discuss their problem with the measures Groningen is proposing to take against the nitrogen crisis.
— Wouter Holsappel (@Holsappel) October 14, 2019
Ook totaal niet luguber dat de boeren in Groningen nu een STROP hebben opgehangen? pic.twitter.com/OW5x8iLP0U
— Rutger M. de Quay (@rutger_) October 14, 2019
— Bram Douwes (@bramdouwes) October 14, 2019
Police officer and horse injured
According to police, the farmers have hit a police horse with a tractor. A police officer was also wounded when the farmers broke down the doors to the provincial house.
In de omgeving van het provinciehuis is een van de demonstranten aangehouden die met een tractor zou zijn ingereden zou zijn op een van de politiepaarden.
— Politie Groningen (@polgroningen) October 14, 2019
The nitrogen crisis
There have been protest in other parts of the country, but most are coming to an end now. The farmers had success in Drenthe, Gelderland and Overijssel, where nitrogen rules were withdrawn by the provincial houses.
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