Protestborden bij een betoging
Protestborden bij een betoging

Climate and Farmer’s Protests | Radboud Sounds

***Doornroosje | Purple Stage | 20:05 - 20:35 hrs***

These talks and spoken word are part of Radboud Sounds on Friday 14 June 2024 @ Doornroosje (Nijmegen).

Climate demonstrations and farmers' protests have been hot and happening in recent years. Environmentalists and angry farmers are often mentioned in the same breath, and pitted against each other, as if they are vying for the same medal. As a result, it is striking that far more environmentalists than protesting farmers are arrested. To what extent, indeed, are these action groups substantively opposed to each other? What is driving these protests? And might there be double standards by local authorities in whether or not to intervene in these demonstrations? Come listen to political scientist Gerry van der Kamp-Alons and lawyer Simone Hooijer and learn more about the differences and similarities between environmental and agricultural protests.

This talk will be held in Dutch. 


What drives environmental and agricultural activists? Are these action groups diametrically opposed to each other, or are there also similarities? At first glance, it seems as if these groups are fighting for the same medal: one in favor of stricter environmental and nitrogen regulations, the other against. To what extent is this picture correct? Do environmental and agricultural activists get in each other's way, or can they also share similar interests? Political scientist Gerry van der Kamp-Alons explains the motives behind environmental and agricultural protests in the Netherlands and other European countries.

Double standards?

Sometimes it seems that some protests are subject to harsher enforcement than others. For example, on the one hand at demonstrations of climate movement Extinction Rebellion, more than more than 2,000 people have been arrested since 2020; and on the other hand at farmers' protests 100 people have been arrested in the same period of time. How can this difference be explained? 
The government and mayors are regularly accused of being biased about the content of the protest. However, the right to demonstrate is clear: content should not determine the manner of intervention. To what extent is this criticism justified? Are there behind-the-scenes considerations at play that cause some protests to be intervened more quickly or harshly than others? If so, what are they? Scholar of law Simone Hooijer explains.

About the speakers

Gerry van der Kamp-Alons is a political scientist and associate professor of International Relations at Radboud University. Her research focuses on the EU Common Agricultural Policy and European and international free trade treaty negotiations.

Simone Hooijer is a scholar of law and PhD candidate in constitutional law at Radboud University. She does research on 'the mayor as conflict resolver', for example in the field of housing nuisance and domestic violence.

Radboud Sounds | Science festival about protest

This programme is part of Radboud Sounds | Science Festival on protest
With live music, talks, soundbites and more on Friday, June 14, 2024, at Doornroosje, Nijmegen. Scientists from Radboud University shine their light on the science of protest from various disciplines. Doornroosje programmes the live acts. Put together your own programme and immerse yourself in science and music.  Watch the aftermovie of Radboud Sounds 2023.

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