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« Reply #285 on: November 17, 2020, 10:41:18 AM »

Protesting Dutch farmers wanted to present a petition to the king at Huis ten Bosch palace. But this was not allowed.

https://nos.nl/artikel/23...ilen-politieblokkade.html

Farmers in The Hague protest, some bypass the police blockade

Farmers from all over the country drove to The Hague with tractors this morning to demonstrate against the cabinet's nitrogen policy and the associated buyout scheme. The road to the city center is closed with large army vehicles, but some farmers tried to drive to the center by avoiding a blockade. They were stopped by agents at Willem Witsenplein.

"The police have talked to them there and now the farmers are cooperating to leave for a parking space on the Benoordenhoutseweg. From there they can walk to the Koekamp", the police said. There will be speeches on a podium.

Dozens of farmers have parked their tractor along the Malieveld. According to the police, this is not as agreed. The Farmers Defense Force (FDF) campaign group, organizer of the protest, will ask farmers to park their vehicle on Benoordenhoutseweg, the The Hague police said.

The police do not know how many farmers there are now in The Hague. NOS reporter Henrik-Willem Hofs, who is on site, estimates that at least a thousand farmers have gathered at the Koekamp.

The first farmers arrived in The Hague before 4 a.m. this morning from Groningen, Limburg and Noord-Brabant. A delegation may later hand over a letter to the director of the King's Cabinet, at Korte Vijverberg.

Initially, the plan was to demonstrate at Paleis Huis Ten Bosch, but that was prohibited by the municipality. Forty farmers who have left Schaijk in Brabant, say they have permission to hold a tractor parade in the morning past Huis ten Bosch Palace, Omroep Brabant writes. A spokesperson for the municipality of The Hague emphasizes that they are not allowed to stand still or demonstrate.

According to the ANWB, farmers are causing delays on the provincial roads around The Hague. There are traffic jams on the N44 between Wassenaar and The Hague and the N207 between Bergambacht and Alphen aan den Rijn. Traffic can also be hindered on the A12.

Residents of The Hague complained about noise pollution on the internet. A local resident calls the tractor parade "a nice word for anti-social behavior at 4.30 am". Another writes that the farmers lose her sympathy with the "annoying honking".

FDF expects 1000 to 2000 tractors
It is still unclear how many activists will come to The Hague. "I expect 1000 to 2000 tractors in The Hague tomorrow, but that is an estimate", FDF vice president Jos Ubels told RTV Drenthe yesterday.

In the afternoon, the protesters want to go to the head office of the Central Bureau for Food Trade in Leidschendam, the trade association for supermarkets. There they want to present a 'quality mark'.
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« Reply #286 on: November 24, 2020, 08:29:20 AM »

WA at a visit at the Rotterdam zoo Blijdorp:




On 23 November, King Willem-Alexander visited Blijdorp Zoo in Rotterdam. The working visit focused on the consequences of the corona outbreak for research and breeding programs.

Zoos, conservation organizations and researchers worldwide collaborate in international research and breeding programs to keep animal populations healthy. They do this through, among other things, the European Endagered Species Program (EEP) of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA).

King Willem-Alexander visited the enclosures of the little (red) pandas and the Asian elephants and the nature conservation center. De Koning spoke with caretakers about the influence of the corona pandemic on the conservation of endangered species, the support of nature conservation projects in countries of origin and the cooperation between zoos and nature conservation organizations. De Koning spoke with several zoo administrators and the EAZA and researchers about the international initiatives that have arisen to prevent long-term damage to animal welfare and nature conservation.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima will speak by telephone, in video conversations and, where possible, during working visits with stakeholders about the consequences of the corona crisis and the efforts of so many to combat the pandemic. During the working visit, the generally applicable guidelines for combating the corona virus were observed.
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« Reply #287 on: Today at 09:33:08 AM »

https://nos.nl/artikel/23...ten-tussen-kameraden.html

King opens cemetery for veterans in Loenen, 'resting between comrades'




King Willem-Alexander has opened the National Veterans Cemetery in Loenen near Apeldoorn. The cemetery is for soldiers who have ever been on a mission. They don't have to have died on a mission.

Chairman of the cemetery Seger van Voorst tot Voorst says that the great sense of belonging and togetherness that soldiers feel, also plays a role after death. "There is a great need to rest between comrades and colleagues after life."

Partners can also lie in the veteran cemetery. "You pay yourself, we offer the stone as a kind of loan", says Van Voorst tot Voorst. There is room for 900 people.

The cemetery is located next to the plot for war victims, who fell mainly during the Second World War.





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