Video: Several held in violent attacks on Groningen city hall, town square

Farmers protest on Malieveld in The Hague, 1 October 2019
Farmers protest on Malieveld in The Hague, 1 October 2019Photo: NL Times

The police arrested two men on Tuesday in connection with incidents during a farmers' protest at the Groningen provincial government on Monday. Both men are suspected of public violence, the police said in a statement. That brings the total number of suspects arrested up to three.

On Monday hundreds of farmers went to protest against new rules surrounding nitrogen emissions at eight of the twelve Dutch provincial governments. The protest in Groningen got out of hand.

Protesters rammed the door of the Groningen provincial house with a tractor and stormed the building. Another tractor hit a police horse, and yet another was used to pull down a fence on Vismarkt.

On Monday the police arrested an 18-year-od man from Westerkwartier for hitting the police horse with his tractor. On Tuesday a 39-year-old man from Midden-Groningen was arrested for ramming the door of the provincial house with his tractor. The third suspect arrested is a 30-year-old man from Tynaarlo. He was a passenger on the tractor used to pull down the fence. 

All three suspects are in custody for further investigation. 

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