October 1, 2019 / 6:17 AM / 17 days ago

Dutch morning commute upended by tractors in farmers' protest

AMSTERDAM, Oct 1 (Reuters) - Traffic on Dutch roads was crippled on Tuesday morning as hundreds of farmers drove their tractors slowly along the country’s major highways to The Hague for a demonstration.

Around 10,000 farmers plan a protest in The Hague to argue they are unfairly being blamed for the country’s nitrogen pollution problem, a major political issue in the Netherlands at the moment.

The country’s road and drivers’ organization ANWB said in a statement that long traffic jams - more than 1,000 kilometres (621.37 miles) of roadways were reported clogged - caused by the tractors had contributed to one of the worst morning commutes in the country’s history. (Reporting by Toby Sterling; Editing by Himani Sarkar)

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