The first group of demonstrators from the Red Code campaign group is on their way to the NAM tank farm at Farmsum.
There will be a multi-day sitting demonstration. Currently, a lot of police are on the go that randomly checks cars. There are also many police officers along the route.
The first group of about one hundred demonstrators left the action camp in Leermens from half past eight. Around nine o'clock the group arrived in the center of Appingedam, where a moment of rest was added. Meanwhile, the 'caravan with activists' is on its way again in the direction of Delfzijl.
Why are 500 activists on the street? (and 3 other questions about the demonstration in Farmsum)
For the time being, the atmosphere is very friendly and relaxed. The group must walk about twelve kilometers before arriving at the NAM location where it will be demonstrated. The expectation is that they arrive around noon.
Mayor Gerard Beukema (municipality of Delfzijl) has given the human blockade permission to demonstrate at the location up to and including Friday.
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The demonstration is aimed, among other things, at accelerating the stopping of gas production. "The problems surrounding gas extraction in Groningen are not just a local problem, but are part of the destruction that Shell, Exxon and other fossil companies cause all over the world," says Maarten, who is acting as spokesman for Code Red. Maarten does not want to be represented with his full name.
Yoga exercises and frisbee
Gerry Kuipers (65) from Appingedam is one of the few Groningen activists. He was applauded on the square near the church in Appingedam by the many other activists when he came to the square with his scooter. "A warm bath," says Kuipers. "Half Europe is represented here and that is very nice."
The activists are in circles in the square. A few do yoga exercises, in the middle someone juggles and is squeezed on the square.
Not just Groningers
Since last weekend, some 500 protesters have settled in an action camp at Leermens. It is not only about Groningen, but also from other parts of the country. According to Code Rood there are, among others, activists from Belgium, England, Germany, Denmark and Sweden. Code Red lets on Tuesday morning know that there are at least 700 people who want to join the demonstration.