Fact Check-Years-old photo from a Dutch farmers’ protest recirculated in 2022

A 2019 photo from a farmers’ protest in the Netherlands has been recirculated on social media, having misled users into thinking it’s from 2022.

The photo shows dozens of tractors blocking a main road near to the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, and it was shared online on July 4, coinciding with ongoing farmers’ protests across the nation (here , here , here and here).

Dutch farmers are angered by government plans that may require them to use less fertilizer and reduce livestock. This is due to targets introduced in June to reduce harmful nitrogen compounds by 2030 (here).

“Thank you to Dutch farmers and to all organising #fuelprotests,” said one British commentator who posted the photo to Instagram.

The image, however, is from 2019 – not the 2022 protests.

It was captured by Robin van Lonkhuijsen, a photographer working with Dutch news agency Algemeen Nederlands Persbureau (ANP) (here), in October 2019.

Lonkhuijsen was photographing another mass protest by farmers over emissions regulations and said at the time: “I started early in the morning to take pictures of the farmers who arrived there from a bicycle bridge near De Bilt. 

“Due to the crowds and various road closures that were not indicated in advance, I unfortunately couldn’t get to the place where I wanted to take pictures. When I saw an aerial platform in the distance, I knew what I had to do. I asked the owner if I could go up there and not much later I was taking pictures from a height of 30 metres.”


Missing context. The photo was captured at a farmers’ protest in 2019 – not in July 2022.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our work to fact-check social media posts here .