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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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Topics: FARMERS    PROTEST    FOOD    NETHERLANDS   

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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