Farmers are targeting the European summit in Brussels today

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Antwerp mayor Bart De Wever (N-VA) has ‘absolutely no sympathy’ for the blockades that protesting farmers have been putting up for days, including in and around the port of Antwerp.

“You can take action in many ways, but taking other people hostage, organizing life-threatening situations and paralyzing the economy, I never have any sympathy for that and absolutely not this time either,” he said on Radio 1.


You can take action in many ways, but taking other people hostage, organizing life-threatening situations and paralyzing the economy, I never have any sympathy for that and certainly not this time either.

‘If I were a farmer, I would also be very angry about the ‘regulitis’ from Europe, the high ambitions and the too short timeframe. But then you have to look at who has approved that in Europe and who has not. Those who now say they are going to solve it in Europe are the same people who caused the problems in Europe.’

In addition, De Wever also lashed out at the Farmers’ Union, which has ‘put farmers on the wrong path to scale-up for years’.

The farmers are also protesting against the nitrogen decree of the Flemish government, where the N-VA is the largest party. According to the Antwerp mayor, this anger is unjustified. ‘The nitrogen problem had become unsolvable due to court decisions. Whatever people have been led to believe, it was the best decree that we could vote for.’

The article is in Dutch

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