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Farmers in northern Belgium attempted to break into the town hall of Hoogstraten after staging a mass protest in response to the government's EU-driven agenda to cut nitrogen emissions, as is being attempted in the Netherlands.

The European Union's Natura 2000 network, which mandates that the 27 member states must protect designated habitats in a "sustainable manner, both ecologically and economically," and therefore must cut nitrogen emissions — spurring widespread unrest among the Dutch Farmers — has now spread to the heart of the EU in Belgium, with farmers driving their tractors to the centre of Hoogstraten on Monday evening.

The protesters, who set fires on the street and attempted to stage a break-in of the city hall, were reportedly angered by the local government expressing support for the national government's plan to impose limits on nitrogen, a move that would disproportionately impact the farming industry, the local Het Laatste Nieuws newspaper reported.


Before imposing the restrictions, the national government requested advice from municipalities. While nearly every other local council submitted a negative view of the plans in the agricultural region, the local government of Hoogstraten submitted positive advice, despite the fact that a public survey had resulted in 373 objections compared to just 24 positive comments on the plan.

The failure to listen to the public sparked outrage amongst the farmers, who drove their tractors to the town centre, blockading the town hall and eventually attempting to break into the government building, though police ultimately prevented such action.

The protest in Belgium follows months of demonstrations in the Netherlands, where the Dutch farmers have risen up against the government of globalist PM Mark Rutte attempting to usher in similar measures, which could shut down as much as 30 per cent of all livestock farms in the nation.

The Dutch farmers have claimed that other nations within the European Union have not imposed such draconian measures to allegedly protect habitats and therefore their government is putting them at a disadvantage.


Comment: It seems that Holland was just the first to be grievously attacked, and that might be because some of its farmland is the most valuable, and because other methods are being trialled in other countries, such as simply paying farmers to retire early and for the land to go 'wild'.


Agriculture plays a vital role in the Dutch economy, with the LTO national farming lobbying group estimating the industry accounts for 54,000 businesses throughout the country and produced 94.5 billion euros in exports in 2019. The Netherlands is also the largest exporter of meat in Europe and the fifth-largest dairy exporter globally.

Speaking to Breitbart News in July, Dutch political commentator Eva Vlaardingerbroek claimed that the move from the Rutte government was nothing more than a "pilot" programme of the Great Reset agenda through governments reclaiming power and property from the public.
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