with videoThe forty tractors that were parked on the Markt in Maastricht are gone again. André Rieu started a concert on the nearby Vrijthof at 9 pm. The activists were gone before then, ‘so that no one is bothered’, according to farmer Stan Wolfhagen.
Edwin van der Aa
The trekkers left the MVV stadium earlier this afternoon and drove through the city to the Markt, near the town hall. One tractor is still on the Vrijthof. According to the safety region, the vehicle will remain there for the entire concert. A spokesperson said the action took place in a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere. “It went wonderfully.”
Pierre Rieu, André’s son who produces the concerts, confirms that there is indeed a tractor ‘inside the gates’. “We understand the emotions of the farmers very well,” says Pierre on behalf of his dad. “We met with them at the town hall about this last week. There it was agreed that they will act with great respect for our guests and the event itself. My father said: ‘I give you all the attention, if you give our visitors a nice concert’.”
Enough space for visitors
During Rieu concerts, the Market is normally the parking place for the many buses with music lovers, who come from far and wide to attend the concert of the violinist and his orchestra. According to the spokesperson, the tractors did not get in the way of those buses. They were parked on the side of the square. “There is enough space for the buses,” said the spokesman.
Son Pierre Rieu himself has already taken a look at the parking lot. “The farmers are cozy together on the Market and even play my father’s music.” It was a public-friendly action by the farmers, who are making a statement against the government’s nitrogen policy.
,,A campaign at André Rieu, a nice place, because that’s where a lot of people come to’, says farmer Stan Wolfhagen. “I think we can bring it to the attention in this way. We want to continue to exist. We want to be able to continue farming, as we always have.”
Isn’t Pierre afraid there will still be problems tonight? “We are absolutely not afraid of anything. We respect each other,” said the son of the famous concert violinist.
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