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Blockade farmers and fishermen at ferry port to Texel lifted

Casper Duin

den Helder

Farmers and fishermen blocked the TESO ferry port in Den Helder early Monday morning. The blockade was lifted around 9 a.m. and the ferry service resumed.

“It is possible that the departure from DH will depart with some delay from 09.30 onwards,” TESO reports via Twitter. Earlier, the company called on travelers not to come to the ferry port due to a blockade by farmers and fishermen. Texel farmers had taken the first boat to Den Helder and blocked the passage for motorized traffic there. Around 9 am the farmers and cutters left again and the ferry service could be resumed.

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Action group of cutter fishermen Eendracht Makes Power (EMK) joined the farmers’ protests against the government’s nitrogen plans on Monday, among other places in Den Helder. Halfway through last month, EMK and the Dutch Fishermen’s Union had already announced that they would join the protest. According to them, it will no longer be possible to fish off the Dutch coast due to the nitrogen plans of the cabinet.

Nieuwedieper Dirk Kraak, one of the activists, says that the fishermen are campaigning ‘for our survival’. He explains that fishermen face all kinds of problems, from obtaining permits to fish in Natura 2000 protected areas to the very high fuel prices of recent months. They want emergency aid from the government in the short term.

“A compensation to keep ships in service and to keep the food supply intact is now urgently needed, which is why this distress signal,” says Kraak from Den Helder. There, among other things, fishing boats have blocked the ferry service to and from Texel to reach their point. to make.

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At least ten fishing boats were moored in front of the harbor mouth on Monday morning, as can be seen from images of the Helderse fisherman Dirk Kraak. These make it impossible to leave the TESO boat.

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During the blockade, it was not possible for motorists to reach the parking deck of the TESO. Here the road was blocked by farmers who parked their tractors in front of the barrier.

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Actions are being taken again today in various places in the country against the government’s nitrogen plans, including by blocking distribution centers of supermarkets.

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