• Short Summary

    USING TRACTORS, VANS AND CARS, A GROUP OF SO-CALLED "FREE FARMERS" BLOCKED AN MAIN ROAD IN CENTRAL HOLLAND, BETWEEN AMERSFOORT AND ZWOLLE, 25TH SEPTEMBER, AND TRIED TO BLOCK ANOTHER ROAD.

  • Description

    USING TRACTORS, VANS AND CARS, A GROUP OF SO-CALLED "FREE FARMERS" BLOCKED AN MAIN ROAD IN CENTRAL HOLLAND, BETWEEN AMERSFOORT AND ZWOLLE, 25TH SEPTEMBER, AND TRIED TO BLOCK ANOTHER ROAD. THEY WERE TRYING TO POSTPONE OR CANCEL THE FORTHCOMING LEGALLY ENFORCED SALE OF THE FARM OF ONE OF THEIR LEADERS, HENDRIX KOEKOEK, AND DEMONSTRATING AGAINST THE PROSPECT OF FURTHER FORCED SALES OF FARMS.

    MR. KOEKOEK AND HIS FELLOW "FREE FARMERS" REFUSE TO PAY A COMPULSORY LEVY IMPOSED BY THE DUTCH AGRICULTURAL BOARD. HIS RAM IS TO BE SOLD TO OBTAIN MONEY CLAIMED FROM HIM BY THE BOARD. THE NATIONAL FARMERS UNIONS DO NOT APPROVE THE ACTION OF THE "FREE FARMERS" GROUP.

    THE SEPTEMBER 25th DEMONSTRATION NEAR THE VILLAGE OF NUNSPEET, CAUSED UPWARDS OF THREE HOURS TRAFFIC JAM, AND THERE WAS SCUFFLING BETWEEN SOME OF THE FARMERS AND POLICE WHEN POLICEMEN SHOVED AND HAULED FARM VEHICLES OFF THE ROAD.

    ON THE 26th SEPTEMBER AN ATTEMPT TO BLOCK ANOTHER ROAD WAS MADE BETWEEN ZWOLLE AND APELDOORN, FURTHER EAST IN HOLLAND. NUMEROUS POLICE PREVENTED SOME HUNDREDS OF FARMERS FROM CLOSING THE ROAD, AT A POINT NEAR THE SMALL TOWN OF VAASSEN.

    MILITARY POLICE, WITH FOUR ARMOURED CARS, WERE ALSO PRESENT, AS QUEEN JULIANA, OF THE NETHERLANDS AND HER HUSBAND, PRINCE BERNARD, WERE DUE TO PASS ALONG THE ROAD ON A VISIT TO THE DUTCH ARMY'S 4th DIVISION. THE ARMOURED CARS WERE NOT USED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVABT6D0V91BLP4775BKSO6BEVRB
    Media URN:
    VLVABT6D0V91BLP4775BKSO6BEVRB
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/09/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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