D66 parliamentary group leader Rob Jetten, who is self-isolating after contracting Covid-19, has told activists via Facebook not to come to his home.
Jetten describes an encounter with five members of the Farmers Defence Group who came to home to bring him a food parcel on Tuesday night, ostensibly to help him through his confinement.
‘There was no threatening atmosphere,’ Jetten wrote, ‘Far from it. These farmers meant no harm. But it made me feel uneasy all the same. No matter how nice the gesture, activists should not come to politicians’ homes, particularly late at night and unannounced.’
Jetten also said it felt ‘strange and unpleasant’ to know that the group knows where he lives and is showing his house on photographs and video material.’
The MP called to mind that ‘myself and the Farmers defence Group have not always seen eye to eye. That resulted in a less pleasant type of attention.’
His colleague Tjeerd de Grote reported one of the members of the group to the police for forcing him into the kerb with a tractor and on one occasion Jetten’s car was covered in stickers.
The farmers are calling the visit ‘a spontaneous action’ of which the FDF board knew nothing. ‘It was all very friendly. Just like civil servants come onto our private land now it was our turn to come to his door,’ one of them told broadcaster NOS.
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