Police have arrested seven people after thousands of farmers staged a protest in the Hague against the government’s environmental policies.
The farmers drove their tractors to the city center on Thursday, blocking roads and causing traffic jams. They demanded more respect and support from the authorities, who they accuse of imposing unfair regulations on nitrogen emissions and animal welfare.
The protest turned violent when police cordoned near the parliament building and messed with some farmers. Police used water cannons and batons to disperse the crowd. Seven people were arrested for public order offenses, according to a police statement.
The farmers’ union, LTO Nederland, said it regretted the clashes and urged its members to protest peacefully. It also said it was open to dialogue with the government to find solutions for the sector.