Ev­ery­where here there are build­ings, houses and farms where peo­ple don’t feel safe any­more.”

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - Holiday - AGENCE FRANCE- PRESSE

Bert-Jan Huiz­ing,

fences since the last earth­quake, is threat­ened with de­mo­li­tion.

“Ev­ery­where here there are build­ings, houses and farms where peo­ple don’t feel safe any­more,” Huiz­ing said.

Mean­while, deal­ing with com­pen­sa­tion claims is a headache that is “be­yond ev­ery­one”, even par­lia­ment, he added.

To­gether with dozens of his col­leagues, he drove trac­tors into The Hague, the seat of the Dutch govern­ment, to plead the cause of an­i­mal breed­ers “fac­ing leaks from their ma­nure cel­lars”.

“Ev­ery­thing is be­ing de­stroyed — our cul­tural her­itage, our farms, our churches, and even peo­ple,” said An­nemarie Heite, a 47-year-old farmer.

The Dutch govern­ment set up an in­de­pen­dent com­mis­sion in March to han­dle some 14,000 com­pen­sa­tion de­mands.

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