The Hague locked down by the army, traffic jams all around: farmers are protesting once again

If you’re commuting between The Hague and Utrecht or using any of the highways in between, be warned as the farmers’ protest is taking place as you read this. They will jump on their tractors and will drive down from De Bilt to The Hague around 11:30 am today, reports NOS. The Ministry of Defence is assisting the police and the municipality in The Hague in making sure that the farmers don’t demonstrate at the Binnenhof.

The farmers are protesting against what they think are unfair nitrogen measuring methods of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).

Where are the farmers protesting in The Hague?

They were originally planning on demonstrating at the Binnenhof but were never given permission. Therefore, they will be at Koekamp, next to the Malieveld at The Hague Central, reports NOS. The military has placed large vehicles around the city to make sure safety is observed.

Which highways should you avoid this morning?

So avoid the centre of The Hague if you have a large vehicle. Authorities have also advised everyone to try and avoid the highways and roads around Utrecht to avoid the protest which will be departing from De Bilt to The Hague later today.

The busiest highway right now is the A27, with an expected delay of more than two hours. The A28 from Amersfoort, the A1, A12, and the A7 between Hoorn and Purmerend should also be avoided. The traffic jams stretched to 375 kilometers just before 8:30 am this morning.

Have you been stuck in a traffic jam all morning because of the farmers protest? Do you agree with their methods? Let us know in the comments below!

Feature Image: Danielle van Leeuwen

Kavana Desai
Coping with the aftermath of her 3-year stint in the Netherlands, Kavana is a writer, content creator and editor for DutchReview. Hailing from India, she frequently blogs about the Netherlands, being Indian in the Netherlands, and everything in between. She envisions herself to one day be the youngest person to win that Nobel Prize for Literature (she is also not very humble but welcomes only constructive criticism). In the meantime, she fills her days with writing for DutchReview, writing her master's thesis on art theft, and writing fiction that will hopefully see the light of day soon.


  1. There were certainly a very large number of tractors heading towards Utrecht on the A12 yesterday afternoon. The trouble is that if the farmers don’t do something dramatic like this, it is probable that no-one will take any notice of them. Just like in England, where the nearly 50% of voters who want to stay in the EU are being ignored.


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