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Netherlands Demonstration ALert

Updated on 15 October 2019

The Situation:

Farmers plan to protest Wednesday, 16 October, against new environmental measures

concerning the use of nitrogen, which could harm their livestock and livelihood. The

farmers plan to drive their tractor to The Hague during rush hour.

The previous protest caused “the worst traffic in history” in the Netherlands when farmers

blocked traffic on 1 October in The Hague.

Initial reports indicate increased security measures may be used.

Possible Effects:

  • Blocked roads due to protests

  • Increased traffic, especially near city centers and government buildings

  • Protests and demonstrations, which can attract unwanted attention

  • Limited transportation services, especially throughout major cities

  • Increased presence of security personnel, such as local police

Mitigating Factors to Apply:

  • Avoid all protests and large crowds, which have the possibility of turning violent

  • Allow extra time to travel

  • Prepare for disruptions caused by public transportation strikes and protests

  • Avoid traveling through city centers, instead utilizing bypasses

  • Monitor local and social media for updates

  • Enroll in a Safe Traveler program (STEP) from your preferred embassy to receive warnings

DISCLAIMER and Hold Harmless

Disclaimer: LSDS gathers information from multiple sources and offers insight and perspective to travelers. Sources cannot be validated for accuracy in every instance. Travelers assume all risk associated with their travel and are responsible for the decisions associated with travel and for their own safety. Users of this reference document agree, to hold harmless LSDS (LLC) its employees and clients associated with any risk or injury incurred during travel.


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