The claim seems to have originated with a 9 July tweet, which so far has gained upwards of 28,000 likes.
In the Netherlands, large numbers of livestock and high fertiliser use sustain an expansive agricultural export industry. With other sources, this has contributed to illegally high nitrogen levels in the country’s water and air.
In late June, the Dutch government released a plan to cut nitrogen pollution by reducing livestock numbers and fertiliser use. The regulations’ announcement was met with protest in several Dutch cities by farmers who say they will be left in the lurch.
But does the photo really show a Dutch government jet being stolen by angry farmers in protest against the regulations? We looked into it.
Photo a frame from video shot in Lubumbashi
The video is captioned: “Jet being towed by tractor from hanger in African airport - Lubumbashi, DRC”. The user who uploaded the video has posted similar footage that’s also described as shot in Lubumbashi, a city in the far southeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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