Dutch PM slams farmers for ‘intimidating’ top minister with burning torches

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said it was “unacceptable”; that Dutch Finance Minister Sigrid Kaag was confronted by farmers with burning torches at a campaign event. in the weekends,

“Demonstrations are allowed, but politicians should stop intimidation,” he said. Said on Twitter on Monday, adding that “if you disagree with each other, you normally start a conversation.”

A group of farmers, some of whom held burning torches, blocked Kaag from entering a cultural center in the Dutch city of Dippenheim on Sunday.

Mercy Said It was “unacceptable what happened to Sigrid Kaag last night,” adding that, “Politicians should be able to do their jobs freely.”

Dutch farmers have long protested government plans to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides and ammonia, which could force farmers to use less fertilizer and reduce their number of livestock and close some farms Is.

Cork’s Social Liberal Party Democrats have been on 66 Forefront Did to push For a drastic reduction in nitrogen emissions.

Farmer protest became more fierce Last yearFarmers blocked supermarkets, distribution centers and roads.

Kaag was in Dippenheim for political meetings and promotion for his party ahead of the provincial council elections. Voting in 12 Dutch provinces scheduled For March 15th.

The action group Striders Twenty (translation: Warriors of Twenty, the municipality where Dippenheim is located) called Local media reported that residents gave Kaag a “warm welcome”.

by campaign manager hanneke van der werffCork tried to speak to the crowd, but walked in after 10 minutes “because the protesters really didn’t want to talk.”