Agricultural workers are protesting in the north of the country as of July 6. The purpose of the action is to denounce proposed government nitrogen reduction policies that farmers assert would negatively impact their sector. Farmers have reportedly blocked access to several distribution centers in the north and attempted to block access to the Groningen Airport (GRQ); police reportedly fired targeted shots at a tractor and arrested three individuals late July 5. Farmers have also blocked the Haren-Rutenbrock border crossing with Germany on Highway 408.
Local authorities have deployed increased security to monitor protest-related gatherings and reduce their potential impact. Officials have issued orders prohibiting demonstrators from blocking major travel routes; police could move swiftly and decisively to disperse protesters who fail to comply with the instruction, potentially resulting in localized clashes. Further protests are likely in the coming days.
Check traffic conditions before travel; allow extra time to complete journeys and plan alternative routes if necessary. Avoid all demonstrations as a routine security precaution and to mitigate associated disruptions. Heed instructions from security services and leave the area at the first sign of a confrontation. Confirm flight and public transport schedules.
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