More than 1,800 motorcycles carrying some 2,500 protestors form all over the Netherlands drove through the centre of the Hague Saturday (5 January) in a demonstration against the Government's oil rationing proposals.
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Background: More than 1,800 motorcycles carrying some 2,500 protestors form all over the Netherlands drove through the centre of the Hague Saturday (5 January) in a demonstration against the Government's oil rationing proposals.
The Government has decided to allocate eight litres of petrol a week to motorcycles when rationing begins bon January 12, compared with 15 litres for car drivers.
The seven Dutch motorcycle club who organised the protest, which brought the city centre to a standstill, claim motorcyclists should get the same allocation as motorists,
This was not the first protest over the proposed rationing regulations. Last week the government was forced to postpone implementation of rationing following a series of protests by the building industry, doctors, trade unions, and the transport and metal industry.
SYNOPSIS: With the netherlands still under an arab oil embargo, the Dutch Government is planning to start petrol rationing on January twelfth -- a move that has generated a series of protests. on saturday, thousands of motorcyclists roared into the hague to press their demands.
The motorcyclists forced traffic to a crawl in the centre of the dutch capital. they were protesting the larger petrol ration allowed for cars under the Government proposals.
The demonstration was organised by seven Dutch motorcycle clubs and is the latest attack on the Government rationing programme. Last week, the Government was forced to delay implementation of the programme for five days, after a series of protests by the building industry, doctors, trade unions and the transport and metal industry... Unless the Government relents, motorcyclists will be allowed only about half the petrol allowance for cars.