This day had been in the books of farmers for a while, but little attention was paid to it by the media. Most normies, including me, didn't know a large scale protest was coming until a morning traffic record was already broken.
Tractors on all highways.
Not much was told about their motivation in the media.
The farmers gave harsh climate change and environmental protection laws as their primary goal, also complaining about being treated as lower class scum by media elites.
The media ran with the latter.
So some of the farmers found a breach in the back and rammed through two lines of fences to get on the field anyways.
Others decided to go for a ride on the beach, as that was apparently near the spot they were supposed to gather for the busses.
The farmers made a quick ultimatum. Let us in the provincial house to discuss this, or we're going in ourselves.
They went in themselves.
That didn't last long. They had police set up in there.
Yesterday there was another large scale protest near parliament. This one was announced well in advance and most people knew about it.
Farmers from the islands left before midnight already.
Construction workers saluted them with their cranes, commuters honked their horns on their way to work, they have an approval rating above 80%.
Compare this to non-grassroots Extinction Rebellion, which gets broken up by the public if they block a road for half a minute.
The state deployed the police and the army to block off major roads leading into the Hague.
One major connection was blocked off, leading to a flooding of the road with tractors.
The excessive reaction of the police and government was out of place. Nothing really violent had happened aside from various fences being run over.
Here's a farmer spraying cops and journalists.
Truckers helped block the roads for the farmers so they could get where they wanted to go.
Once again the farmers rammed on the Malieveld. It was clear that the people were behind them except left wing urbanites. No real change was made that day, but a lot of sympathy was shown and gained.
Here's the farmer youth force on patrol
While the protests themselves were quite meaningless in their origin, nitrogen pollution laws, the catalyst here is the big divide between the more urban and more rural parts of the Netherlands.
They are two completely different ways of life, it seems.
I can't communicate with a lot of urban youth.
The nitrogen laws were actually brutally strict once you do look into them, but that's not why people were cheering farmers on, at all.
"Respect for farmers" is maybe a part of it, but I doubt it's much of it.
An outlook on life that isn't straight from a California campus.
On the side of the people cheering, this was much more cultural than it was about nitrogen.