On Friday, thousands of farmers from Flanders drove their tractors into Brussels to protest against a new regional government plan to limit nitrogen emissions.

Police estimated that around 2,700 tractors caused traffic congestion in Brussels.

Agricultural organisations issued a joint statement saying that the current nitrogen agreement will cause a “socio-economic carnage” and wanted the agreement to better reflect the farm sector’s future prospects.

The proposed move to limit emissions in Flanders has caused a crisis within the regional government. The dispute was not resolved during a 16-hour talk earlier this week, and the Flemish Minister-President Jan Jambon reportedly wants to make the final decisions by the weekend.

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