Café Brings Out Beer For Dutch Farmers Protesting In Show Of Solidarity

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A café in Amsterdam brought out beers to farmers protesting the government in a show of solidarity, according to video posted to Twitter.

The video shared by a Dutch Twitter user says “the café owners in the center of Amsterdam support the farmers on the Dam!!”

The bar owners are seen bringing out two trays of beer to the large group of farmers.

More than 40,000 farmers have taken to the streets in recent weeks in protest of government-mandated emissions reductions that could force roughly 30% of livestock farmers out of business, DW reported.

Farmers have left manure outside government officials’ homes, blocked critical infrastructure and dumped bales of hay on the roads in protest, according to The Associated Press (AP).

Fishers have also blocked several harbors in solidarity with the farmers, according to the AP.

“The honest message … is that not all farmers can continue their business,” the government said in a June statement announcing the emissions target. (RELATED: ‘EPA Is Playing Politics’: Biden Admin Pushes New Regs On Farmers As Food Inflation Skyrockets)

The new targets are a response to a 2019 court ruling that found the Netherlands was not doing enough to protect its natural areas, the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature, and Food Quality told the Daily Caller News Foundation. The Dutch government introduced the targets to halve nitrogen oxide and ammonia emissions, citing the ruling.

The Netherlands exported nearly $100 billion worth of agricultural goods in total in 2019 and is the largest exporter of meat in the European Union.