Dutch police treats Shell earthquake victims as terrorists


Dutch farm damaged by earthquakes as a consequence of gas extraction, ANP photo

This photo shows a Dutch farm in Groningen province, one of many buildings damaged by earthquakes as a consequence of natural gas extraction.

Shell and Exxon each own 50% of the shares in the NAM corporation which extracts gas in Groningen. These two big corporations sabotage paying compensation to the victims of the earthquakes.

On 8 January 2018, RTV Noord in Groningen province in the Netherlands reported about a big earthquake.

3,4 on the Richter scale. Zeerijp village in the north of the province was the epicenter; but it could also clearly be felt much further south, like in a hospital in Groningen city.

Many people want to protest against Shell, Exxon, and their accomplices in the Dutch government.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Police are looking for activists against earthquakes at their homes

Today, 11:45
Updated at 12:36

The police visited people last night who want to protest against gas extraction today. They want to do this when Minister Wiebes (VVD [pro-Big Business party]) of Economic Affairs and Climate comes to Groningen for the New Year‘s reception of directors and businessmen.

According to Susan Top of the Groninger Gasberaad, a joint council of action committees, an employee of that council was also visited in the city of Groningen.

Top tells RTV Noord that one of the policemen has a list with names of people who have indicated on Facebook that they are going to protest. She reacts furiously to the action. “If we would be terrorists, then I would still be able to understand, but these are just concerned citizens.”

According to police spokesman Ernest Zinsmeyer, two people are involved. “We do this more often, for example with people going to TT motorbike races or people who have misbehaved on New Year’s Eve.” According to the Groninger Gasberaad more people have received visits from police.

They then ask what the demonstrators intend and point them to demonstration rules: “Follow instructions from supervisors, do not commit criminal offenses.”

Today, various actions are planned, including at the New Year’s reception in the Northern Netherlands, where Wiebes is a guest. More protests have been announced on social media.

Minister Wiebes also visits the village of Zeerijp, which was shaken by an earthquake on Monday. The Centrum Veilig Wonen (CVW) has so far processed 1311 damage reports as a result of the heavy earthquake in Zeerijp on Monday.

So, the police acts as the long arm of earthquake-causing Shell, earthquake-causing Exxon and their political accomplices against people whose homes and farms are in danger of collapse.

Groningen woman intimidated by police for Facebook like about demonstration. One of the policemen is said then to have said literally Big Brother is watching you; a quote from George Orwell’s 1984.

The anti-earthquake activists are sueing the police about this.

This video shows demonstrators in Zeerijp village today, waiting for Minister Wiebes. A banner says, translated: What happens here is tearing us apart.

See also here.

Beautiful 16th century steeple of 14th century Zeerijp church damaged: here.

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