The farmers’ protests in the Netherlands continue. Thousands of Dutch farmers havebeen taking to the streets for weeks. They block roads and paralyze access roads and distribution centers. In short: they are fighting for their survival – against expropriation. The reason for the protests is the Dutch government’s plans to massively reduce nitrogen emissions by up to 95 percent. That would mean the end for about 30 percent of the farmers.
These are peasant protests of unprecedented proportions. Last year, Christianne van der Wal, Minister for Nature and Nitrogen, was commissioned to reduce nitrogen emissions by 50 percent by the end of 2030. With her plans, she wants to ensure the end of many Dutch farmers. The plans stipulate that farmers will give up their farms voluntarily and receive compensation for doing so – on the condition that they guarantee never to go back to farming. If they disagree, the state will take over their farm. So the great expropriation has begun.
Nitrogen reduction by 2030
The government in the Netherlands seems to have set itself the task of ruining the farmers. With their nitrogen plans for reducing nitrogen emissions presented on June 10th, around 30 percent of farmers have to close their businesses. By the magical year of 2030, Dutch national nitrogen emissions are to be reduced by 50 percent, in many places up to 70 percent, and in nature reserves up to 95 percent.
Kill the livestock
That means the end for many farmers who keep livestock. The Dutch climate craze to comply with EU regulations means death for many animals. This is the only way to achieve climate regulations. The rulers don’t seem to care that reducing farmers and their cattle breeding will lead to an emergency in supply, or they even consciously accept it. The expropriation of farmers has started in the Netherlands, and it is only a matter of time before these plans are implemented here as well.
Manure sanctions from the EU
But the devastating nitrogen policy in Holland is not the only attack against farmers. Numerous farms are to be closed as part of the Green Deal and EU requirements. In addition, new liquid manure sanctions are to come from Brussels. As reported by De Telegraaf, less liquid manure should be applied. This would lead to high bills for ranchers – they would have to reduce their livestock.
The farmers’ protests keep Holland in suspense. Countless pictures and videos can be found under the hashtag #boerenprotest :
People show solidarity with the farmers and take to the streets in large numbers:
There is apparently no basis for negotiation. The military is said to be mobilizing tanks:
Supermarket chains and distribution centers are blocked. The blockades are already causing the first supply bottlenecks:
A police station was blocked with tractors:
Fishermen also join the farmers and block ports:
In any case, open rumors are circulating among farmers that the Dutch farmers are actually standing in the way of the EU’s migration plans. Mass immigration as part of the “UN Replacement Population Plan” could be the reason for the mass dispossession of farmers. This is how the government would come ashore cheaply:
Farmers apparently want to shut down Amsterdam Schiphol Airport:
Plan to also reduce animals and humans
No matter how you twist and turn it, there is no getting around the Great Reset. The green conversion plans after the Great Reset not only provide for a reduction in CO2 emissions by the automotive industry – animals are also to be reduced. So it’s only a matter of time before laws are passed to reduce the number of people.
This article was first published in the German newspaper Wochenblick
All in it together
Only a few months ago it was the Canadian government that attacked its own citizens in the most grotesque and terrifyingly authoritarian manner during the so-called Truckers Convoy revolt, when the Trudeau government actually froze the bank accounts and in essence attempted to starve out any individuals involved in what were legitimate peaceful democratic protests against onerous and job-threatening Covid mandates. That ended badly for Trudeau, particularly after the shameful incident in which Canadian mounted police trampled over a peaceful woman protestor. His popularity deservedly took a hammering.
Here in Australia, we also saw unacceptable authoritarianism and police brutality being employed against ordinary, everyday Aussies who were peacefully protesting against mandatory vaccinations, lockdowns and other Covid restrictions. Under Dan Andrews’ Victorian Labor government, a pregnant woman was harassed and arrested in her pyjamas, a gran was hurled to the ground and pepper-sprayed, a man was smashed to the ground, another was rammed by a police car, another had his head repeatedly hit with a rifle butt. And so on. All in the name of keeping us safe.
Now it’s the turn of the Dutch to go ‘full totalitarian’, albeit not over Covid restrictions. This time it’s Covid’s equally ugly authoritarian twin, namely climate change. Currently the government of Mark Rutte’s laughably and ironically named ‘People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy’ is embarked upon insane efforts to slash greenhouse gases and reduce the amount of nitrogen ammonia in the soil by up to 70 per cent by 2030, or even by up to 95 per cent in some places, to meet green EU climate change targets they have signed up to. This literally means turfing people off their land. Indeed, the Netherlands House of Representatives has released a statement saying: ‘The honest message is that not all farmers will continue in business. Those who do will have to farm differently.’
Whether coincidentally or otherwise, it was only last year that Mark Rutte appeared at the World Economic Forum boasting about Holland’s involvement with the WEF’s global food innovation hubs program, which has the stated goals of ‘transforming food systems and land use’. Well, forcibly turfing farmers off their land is certainly one way to ‘transform land use and food systems’.
Everyday hard-working Dutch family farmers have other ideas, and we are now seeing massive and growing protests, tractor blockades, manure being dumped onto government property and so on, with accusations the Dutch secret police are infiltrating the protesters, which is much the same playbook alleged to have been used by Trudeau during the Truckers Convoy.
Is this what happens when governments get infiltrated by globalist activist politicians who have supped at the feet of Klaus Schwab in Davos? If that sounds like a crazy conspiracy theory, you’d be right. But alas, that is the claim of Mr Schwab himself back in 2017 when he boasted in an interview of how many world leaders today are graduates of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders program, and went on to claim how proud he was to have successfully ‘penetrated the cabinets’ of governments around the world, including claiming that ‘more than half’ of the Canadian cabinet were WEF acolytes.
This should of course concern anyone who is even remotely beholden to the democratic ideal of a parliament and indeed a government being composed of the representativeness of local constituencies whose first loyalty is to those same constituents and not to the power point agenda of some shady globalist cabal of billionaires, powerful trade union organisations and the CEOs of multinational corporations.
Which brings us back to the National Press Club speech last week by Labor’s hapless Energy Minister Chris Bowen, who proudly proclaimed that ‘the Prime Minister and I have notified the UN of Australia’s new 43 per cent emissions reduction target’ before boasting that this was a deal ‘between big energy corporations, trade unions and climate (activists)’. This, he claimed, means ‘we are all in this together’.
In doing so, Mr Bowen and Mr Albanese have almost certainly put us onto the Dutch path of authoritarian and draconian restrictions being required at some point further down the track in order to meet these otherwise almost certainly unachievable targets and climate change obligations.
Dutch Farmers Bring Tank To Fertilizer Protest; Cops Shoot Tractor
Update (2112ET): Dutch protesters have taken things to the next level in the ongoing demonstrations - deploying a tank against a 'green' government scheme to reduce nitrogen in fertilizer that would see an estimated 30% of the country's farms shuttered.
The tank will presumably be used to block food distribution centers, following the use of tractors for that purpose earlier in the week.
The police are also "violently pulling down blockades one by one" according to journalist Keenan Bexte.
Update (1920ET): Dutch police fired 'targeted shots' on Tuesday evening during a farmers' protest near the town of Heerenveen, the Pledge Times reports.
According to the police, a threatening situation arose when protesters tried to drive into officers and official cars. Warning shots were then fired and an officer also fired pointedly. No one was injured, but a tractor was hit. Three people have been arrested.
Because a police officer fired shots, the National Criminal Investigation Department will investigate the incident.
According to the report, MP Caroline van der Plas of the BoerBurgerBeweging wants to hold an emergency debate with Prime Minister Rutte on Wednesday about the escalating farmers' protests.
"Have seen the images of shots fired at #boeren in Friesland. I have been warning against escalating protests for some time now. On Wednesday I want an emergency debate about this with the Prime Minister and the Minister of J&V. This is going wrong, I said last week," she tweeted.
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Dutch farmers who are livid over government plans to cut nitrogen emissions by 50% - 95% have now taken to blocking food distribution centers in protest of the plan, which would shutter an estimated one-third of farms in the Netherlands.
Some 25 tractors parked outside a distribution center in the city of Zaandam, just north of Amsterdam, donning banners which read "Our farmers, our future" and other slogans, according to the Fresh Fruit Portal.
Fisherman in the country have also begun blocking ports in solidarity with the farmers.
A tractor at another protest, in the northern town of Drachten, urged people to “think for a moment about what you want to eat without farmers.”
The strike has sparked fears of supermarket food shortages, as fishermen have also blocked a number of harbors in an act of solidarity.
“Supermarkets do everything they can to keep the stores stocked, but if blockades continue, it could lead to people not being able to do their daily shopping,” the Central Bureau for Food Trade said in a statement.
In addition, traffic authorities warned of delays and possible slow-moving tractors on the nation's highways, while Schiphol Airport urged travelers to use public transport to get to its terminals amid fears that the blockades also would target airports. -Fresh Fruit Portal
The upcoming reforms are expected to include a reduction in livestock, as well as buying up farms whose animals produce large volumes of ammonia.
Meanwhile, undercover cops were reportedly ousted from a protest over the weekend.
Earlier in the weekend, farmers poured mature on government offices in protest.
In short, don't fuck with farmers.
By Tyler Durden
Dutch Authorities Get Desperate
As leftists become increasingly desperate in their bid to achieve total power, they will inevitably target the food supply, in the name of either equity or the climate. In the Netherlands, it’s the climate. Farmers have been pushing back, causing the authorities to become more desperate still.
They are shutting down a high percentage of Dutch farms in the name of suppressing nitrogen, which makes up 78% of the atmosphere, but which now apparently causes climate change according to moonbat ideology. Farmers have responded by blocking roads and spraying government buildings with manure. Authorities are responding to the response like this:
They even appear to be resorting to agent provocateurs:
The rubber is beginning to hit the road. People are figuring out that the Liberal World Order does not mean them well. They will push back. But globalist authoritarians are too close to inflicting utopia to give up on it now.
On tips from KirklesWorth and Wiggins.
Dutch Government Launches Canadian-Style Crackdown On Farmer Protests
Whether it’s the Netherlands or Canada, the story is the same across the globe.
For the past several weeks, Dutch farmers in the Netherlands have been engaged in a nationwide protest against their government’s new arbitrary climate policies, which demonstrators say will impede their ability to sustain a living.
On Monday, dozens of farmers in trucks and tractors parked outside major supermarket distribution centers in cities throughout the country. The blockade comes on the heels of a convoy protest of approximately 40,000 farmers in “the central Netherlands’ agricultural heartland” last week, which clogged up local roadways and led to standstill traffic.
As Reuters reported, the demonstrations came in response to “targets introduced last month” by the Dutch government “to reduce harmful nitrogen compounds by 2030,” which authorities say “are necessary in emissions of nitrogen oxides from farm animal manure and from the use of ammonia in fertilizer.”
If successfully implemented, the state initiative to “go green” would almost certainly cripple the country’s private agricultural industry, as the regulations are “expected to include reducing livestock and buying up some farms whose animals produce large amounts of ammonia.”
“The honest message … is that not all farmers can continue their business,” the government admitted in a statement last month.
The agricultural sector is not the only industry to voice its displeasure with the government’s actions, however. In solidarity with their fellow countrymen, Dutch fishermen have also joined the farmers’ protests and have begun using their ships to block ports throughout the country.
“In Harlingen, they blocked the port with trawlers meaning ferries to the islands of Terschelling and Vlieland could not leave for hours,” Euro News reported.
Farmer protests over excessive environmental regulations aren’t new for the Netherlands. Back in 2019, the country experienced similar tractor convoy protests over the state’s attempt to curb nitrogen emissions through overbearing regulations, with farmers accusing the government of targeting their industry.
Government Cracks Down
Despite their large numbers and commitment to freedom, Dutch farmers have begun to feel the wrath from their government. On Monday, police deployed tear gas and dogs to break up protests in cities such as Heerenveen, where farmers reportedly used tractors to block off a Lidl distribution center.
In addition to reports of police allegedly firing upon demonstrators, law enforcement officials have also issued more than 200 fines and made several arrests for “open violence” and blocking roadways.
The increasingly heavy-handed response from the Dutch government is beginning to resemble that of the Canadian federal government, which employed totalitarian tactics to crack down on citizens protesting state-mandated Covid-19 vaccinations earlier this year. In addition to falsely labeling demonstrators as racists, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau proceeded to utilize the country’s Emergencies Act to mobilize the Canadian military and intelligence agencies to remove protesters occupying Parliament Hill in the nation’s capital of Ottawa.
As if allowing local police to use tear gas on peaceful protesters weren’t bad enough, Trudeau also expanded his government’s terrorist financing rules to go after crowdfunding sites the convoy utilized, such as the new GiveSendGo, and actively supported efforts by GoFundMe to deplatform fundraising efforts for the protesters.
Elitism Knows No Borders
Whether it’s the Netherlands or Canada, the story is the same across the globe. Over the past several years, elitists occupying positions of power within governments have grown accustomed to imposing their will on ordinary citizens.
It doesn’t matter that they’re blatantly violating the social contract established by their own people. For the elitist, the only item on the agenda is maintaining power and dominion over the populace, whom they view as nothing more than subjects meant to obey their diktats without question.
Avoiding such power grabs, however, requires a vigilant citizenry, whose dedication to liberty must be stronger and more widespread than elitists’ devotion to tyranny. As witnessed during the Covid regime, compliance with the state gives birth to more draconian edicts, which only continue to erode the line between democracy and oligarchy.
Make no mistake, if the Dutch farmer protesters let their foot off the gas for one second, the state will not hesitate to shove their alarmist, degrowth policies down the people’s throats without remorse. Any form of surrender will likely continue to enable more overreaching policies, which will undoubtedly infringe upon the everyday lives of Dutch people.
Europe Catches Major Blowback in Failed Attempt to Confront Russia
Not since Wile E Coyote’s repeated failures to nab the Road Runner have we seen debacles like the ones now unfolding in the UK and Europe as a consequence of their misguided effort to destroy Russia.Germany’s economy is on the precipice. With an economy dependent of the import of oil and gas from Russia, German Prime Minister Olaf Scholz thought it a dandy idea to cut itself off from its main supplier. What could go wrong with that?
Europe Tries to Punish Russia
In the Netherlands, the government has declared an economic war on its farmers (inspired by the government’s desire to go green) and has been surprised to discover that farmer produce food. Who knew? Check out the grocery shelves:
They wanted to go green but now get to go hungry. Apparently, all foodstuffs do not come packaged from Amazon.
Leave it to Boris Johnson (no relations) of the U.K. to put on the biggest clown show at the circus. The British economy is poised to re-enact the submereged sundering of the Titanic:
The UK is sliding towards a recession. Only six months ago, a strong recovery was expected, but the impact of the pandemic, the slow return to pre-Covid work patterns and soaring inflation driven by the Ukraine invasion have depressed the economy. Last week the governor of the Bank of England, Andrew Bailey, warned that Britons are likely to suffer a deeper and longer downturn than other major industrialised nations. He also said inflation would be more severe and persistent.
Instead of sticking at home and trying to at least maintain a pretense of trying to address the mounting political problems, Boris has built up his frequent flier account with trips to Kiev in order to hang out with his new man crush, Zelensky the Comedian. All of this neglect of the homefront by Johnson came to a head today as he is now faced with a tsunami of resignations from his Cabinet. Leave it to Boris to do a great imitation of Helen Keller as he adamantly refuses to acknowledge the dramatically eroding support or hear the calls from his own crew to resign. He stumbles along, at least for now, petulant and stubborn. We have not witnessed this level of self-delusion since Hitler was holed up in his Bunker moving imaginary armies to try to stop the Soviets.
Boris, according to press reports, fancies himself a reincarnation of Winston Churchill. That means we can add another medal for self-delusion to Johnson’s list of accomplishments while in office. It appears that B.J. is guided by one of Churchill’s iconic quotes, “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” News flash for Boris–this is the end of the line. It is time for you to go.
Russia and the war in Ukraine is the undercurrent to all of the unfolding political chaos in the UK and the rest of Europe. The high hopes that severe economic sanctions would bring Putin to his knees turned out to be the first great fairy tale of the 21st Century. Putin and the Russians are doing just fine. It is the European lot, as was the case with Wile E Coyote, immolating themselves.
If the European economy was humming along like a Ferrari in the fast lane, the European public, especially the Brits, would be willing to ignore the lies and incompetence displayed by their leaders. But the Ferrari is out of gas and stuck in the desert. That does not make for happy, patience constituents. They tend to get a bit rowdy and unruly when having to forego a supper.
I imagine Vladimir Putin is tuned in to Sky News, seated in a big recliner, munching on a bag of popcorn and scarfing down a beer or two while watching the Boris Johnson show, who has reinvented himself as Captain of the Titanic. Boris is lashing himself to the mast. He will go down with the ship.
Complicating the situation for Johnson is the deteriorating situation in Ukraine.
Sir Hew Strachan writing in the Daily Telegraph offered up this sobering assessment: But in terms of Ukraine’s requirements now, Nato has offered little more than warm words. In doing so, it has exposed the continuing gaps between the alliance’s understanding of its own security and Ukraine’s immediate needs.
Time is not on Ukraine’s side. The country is losing lives and suffering direct destruction: for Kyiv, the economic costs are more severe and more immediate than they are for Russia. However, Nato behaves as it once argued the Taliban did – as though Russia has the watches but Nato has the time. It doesn’t seem to realise that Nato will be out of time if Ukraine is defeated before next summer. By then, in its best-case scenario, the alliance will have provided the Ukrainians with the equipment and training to enable them to mount counter-attacks. But Nato’s strategy depends on Ukraine’s resilience over the coming winter – and the resilience of its own electorates.
Here is my prediction–come the end of August, Boris Johnson and Olaf Scholz will be out of office and Vladimir Putin will be sitting pretty.
A Popular Uprising Against the Elites Has Gone Global
A popular uprising of working-class people against the elites and their values is underway—and it's crossing the globe. There is a growing resistance by the middle and lower classes against what Rob Henderson has coined the "luxury beliefs" of the elites, as everyday folks realize the harm it causes them and their communities.
There were early glimmerings last February, when the Canadian Trucker Convoy pitched working class truck drivers against a "laptop class" demanding ever more restrictive COVID-19 policies. You saw it as well in the victory of Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin, who ran on parents' rights in education and went on to win both suburbs and rural areas. You can see it in the growing support of Hispanic voters for a Republican Party, which increasingly identifies as anti-woke, and pro-working class. And now we're seeing the latest iteration in the Netherlands in the form of a farmer's protest against new environmental rulings that will ruin them.
Over 30,000 Dutch farmers have risen in protest against the government in the wake of new nitrogen limits that require farmers to radically curb their nitrogen emissions by up to 70 percent in the next eight years. It would require farmers to use less fertilizer and even to reduce the number of their livestock. While large farming companies have the means to hypothetically meet these goals and can switch to non-nitrogen-based fertilizers, it is impossible for smaller, often family-owned farms. The new environmental regulations are so extreme that they would force many to shutter, including people whose families have been farming for three or four generations. In protest, farmers have been blockading streets and refusing to deliver their products to supermarket chains. It's been leading to serious shortages of eggs and milk, among other food items.
But the effects will be global. The Netherlands is the world's second largest agricultural exporter after the United States, making the country of barely 17 million inhabitants a food superpower. Given global food shortages and rising prices, the role of Dutch farmers in the global food chain has never been more important. But if you thought the Dutch government was going to take that into account and ensure that people can put food on the table, you would be wrong; when offered the choice between food security and acting against "climate change," the Dutch government decided to pursue the latter.
What is particularly frustrating is that the government is fully aware that what it is asking farmers to do will drive many of them out of existence. In fact, the government originally planned to move at a slower pace—until a lawsuit brought by environmental groups in 2019 forced an acceleration of the timetable.
The reaction by members of the agricultural sector has been massive and ongoing since 2019, but the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic allowed the government of Prime Minister Mark Rutte to ban protests in 2020 and 2021. With the reignited demonstrations this year, the authorities have also switched to a more aggressive approach. There have been arrests and even warning shots fired by police at farmers, one almost killing a 16-year-old protestor.
Yet the sympathies of the Dutch are not with their government; they are solidly with their farmers. Current polls indicate that the Farmers Political Party, formed just three years ago in response to the new regulations, would gain a whopping 11 seats in Parliament if elections were held today (it currently holds just one seat). Moreover, the Dutch Fishermen's Union has publicly joined the protests, blocking harbors with fishing crews holding signs that read "Eendracht maakt Kracht": Unity Creates Strength.
But while the Dutch people are on the side of the farmers, their elites are behaving much as they did in Canada and the U.S., and not just those in government. Media outlets are refusing to even report the protests, and when they do, they cast the farmers as extremists.
Why the disconnect? Every reliable poll of European newsrooms from Germany to the Netherlands show that climate change is a much more important topic for journalists than it is for ordinary people. It's not that average citizens don't care about climate change, but that they have the common sense to know that destroying their farm so the government's emission goals can be met in 2030 instead of 2035 will not change the planet's climate.
After all, the Netherlands accounts for just 0.46 percent of the world's CO2 emissions, and while a further reduction might be desirable, it will not be decisive in combating climate change over the next eight years. It may make the country's elite to feel good about themselves, but it will also result in large parts of the population seeing their living standards decline and their economic existence targeted by the state for ideological reasons.
There is a malaise in the West currently, where ideological goals are pursued at the expense of the lower middle and working classes. Whether it's truckers in Canada, farmers in the Netherlands, oil and gas companies in the United States, ideology, not science or hard evidence, is dominating the agenda, gratifying the elites while immiserating the working class.
Ultimately, there is a risk that climate policies will do to Europe what Marxism did to Latin America. A continent with all the conditions for widespread prosperity and a healthy environment will impoverish and ruin itself for ideological reasons.
In the end, both the people and the climate will be worse off.