Thousands of Dutch farmers protest over the Netherlands’ efforts to drastically reduce emissions of greenhouse gases [Peter de Jong/ Reuters]

Thousands of Dutch farmers drove tractors along highways causing major traffic jams on Wednesday, as part of their protest campaign against what they say are attempts to blame them for nitrogen pollution.

The convoys of tractors set out in the early morning for the city of Utrecht, and the farmers aimed to later take their protest to The Hague, where separate demonstrations were planned.

It is the third time that the farmers have mounted a day of protest, in a campaign launched after a court ruling in May found the Netherlands in violation of European emission rules.

More than 375km (233 miles) of

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