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Farmers may protest but not block food distribution in Netherlands

Christian Fernsby |
Dutch farmers have been told by judges in Lelystad that they can continue their protests but may not blockade supermarket distribution centres, as some suggest they have planned.

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The Farmers Defence Force action group said it wants to cause minor disruption to the workings of several dozen distribution centres nationwide as part of their campaign to demand a better price for their products.

The Dutch food retailers association CBL went to court to have the protest stopped, saying a blockade would cost its members millions of euros.

The court ruled that banning the protests altogether would be a violation of the right to demonstrate, but did say that if the farmers do prevent food distribution from taking place, they will be fined €100,000 per location.

FDF said later on Tuesday that it would suspend its planned protests, pending an appeal.

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