More than 100 Dutch farmers left their fields on Monday (August 5) and drove their tractors into the Hague to protest to the Dutch Parliament against what they call high taxes and low prices for their produce.
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Background: More than 100 Dutch farmers left their fields on Monday (August 5) and drove their tractors into the Hague to protest to the Dutch Parliament against what they call high taxes and low prices for their produce.
But the farmer met a heavy cordon of police and had to be content with driving round the Parliament building with their tractors.
The action is one of a series in several parts of Holland in which dissatisfied farmers have been protesting and blocking roads with their vehicles.
Last Friday (August 2) a wave of farmer's protests paralysed the country. Hundreds of them blocked the roads, border crossings to Germany and key bridges in the south. In the city of Groningen they not only barred all traffic going to and from the city, they also occupied the market place for several hours.
The farmers are complaining about European Common Market price policies. They are also demanding tax payment relief and compensations for increased oil and fertiliser prices.
Two weeks ago France began giving economic relief to its farmers and Belgium has announced a similar emergency scheme.
Dutch Social Affairs Minister Jaap Boersma has promised the demonstrating farmers an answer "very soon" or anyway "as soon as possible".