Two of the farmers came by tractor, two others by car. According to the farmers, there is not much going on. “We need each other”, says Rutger van Lier from Halle, one of the quartet that wanted to talk to Jolink. He, Thijs Wieggers and Tim Krabben from Mariënvelde and Barry Klein Holkenborg from Ruurlo wanted to talk to the singer about an interview by Jolink to magazines of DPG Media, including the Gelderlander.
‘Nitrogen file a big problem’
In it, the singer from Achterhoek says, among other things: “I am not happy with the road that Farmers Defense Force has taken. That they drive around with coffins with the names of Jesse Klaver and Rob Jetten on them, I am a rabid opponent of that. The farmers have Enemies enough, they shouldn’t make new ones. In addition: the nitrogen dossier is indeed a major problem, which is bothering the whole world. The farmers would have done better to come up with a plan themselves to reduce emissions. “
D66 party leader in the Jetten Lower House received FDF farmers at the door at the end of October. Although he spoke kindly to the farmers in Ubbergen, he later stated that he was not pleased with it. “A line has been crossed here. I hope it was the last time I had FDF – or any action group for that matter – visit home.”
The Ubbergen resident received support from Chamber President Khadija Arib: “I find that unacceptable. MPs must be able to do their work safely and in freedom.”
‘Updating knowledge a bit’
Van Lier denies Gelderland broadcaster that he and the other farmers had driven to Hummelo ‘to brush up on Jolink’s knowledge a little’. “The farmers have several times submitted a plan to Minister Schouten (of Agriculture, ed.).
Jolink says on Facebook that his family on the farm had experienced the visit of the four farmers as intimidating, the singer of Normal was not there himself. “I know you didn’t mean it as intimidation, but my family thought it was intimidating, a few big John Deeres on our dirt road, where hardly anyone ever goes.”
His daughter opened the door, according to Van Lier. “We talked for ten minutes.” The FDF man from Halle hopes that it will lead to a conversation with Jolink.
The farmer earns more money, says Normal Singer
On his Facebook page, Jolink says even more: “I am not against Farmers Defense Force. I think we should do it together. Both of my grandfathers were farmers, I grew up on the farm. The farmer should be paid more for his products. But farmers and politicians both put their heels in the sand and that is wrong. Do it in concert and not with intimidating tractors. That is not the way. “
Jolink in a video on Facebook:
Jolink also thinks that the herd should be smaller. “We have to move to something else, but in a gradual way. The corona crisis has provided air, there are less nitrogen emissions.”
There is actually not much going on, Van Lier concludes. “Bennie is one of us, it feels. We are a fan of him. We even brought our children with us on Tuesday, because when they heard that we wanted to visit him, they wanted to come along. Thijs had brought milk from the farm and we also brought a frozen roulade. “
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