NOS News•today, 08:56
Eleven people who took part in farmers’ protests at the home of Minister Van der Wal (Stikstof) have to answer to the police judge in Zutphen today. They are suspected of public violence and vandalism.
The first protest at the minister’s house, on June 10, was peaceful. Van der Wal then talked to the farmers, who had come to her house with tractors to demonstrate against the nitrogen plans.
At the end of June, a farmers’ protest at Van der Wal’s house got out of hand. The demonstrators broke through a police blockade, which has now been set up, and destroyed a police car. Footage of the protest shows police officers running away and protesters throwing straw into a throwing a police car. They also emptied a slurry tank near Van der Wal’s home. She would not have been home during the protest, but her family was.
Footage of the farmers’ protest as protesters break through the police barrier:
Images of unrest at home minister Van der Wal
The police distributed images of the protest, with the aim that the participants would come forward. Eleven rioters eventually turned themselves in to the police. Ten of them will appear in public in court today. The case against the eleventh suspect, who is a minor, will be heard behind closed doors at the end of the afternoon.
Earlier, participants in farmers’ protests appeared in court. For example, a farmer from Mariënvelde in the Achterhoek was sentenced to prison for his role in a farmer’s protest on the A18 on 28 July. A pig farmer, who was present at the same protest, was given a community service order of 80 hours and a suspended prison sentence for dumping sawdust, manure and straw on the driveway and exit.