Dutch police are planning on staging protests during the opening weekend of the Tour de France. The race kicks off with a prologue in Utrecht on July 4, followed by a road stage from Utrecht to Zeeland and the police are planning on protesting at these stages for better pay.
The NRB union representing the police have said in a statement: “Police unions will on Sunday, July 5 protest on the Erasmus bridge in Rotterdam for a decent new collective labour agreement.”
On that stage to Zeeland, the police plan on stopping the publicity caravan that precedes the race, at a traffic checkpoint, which will result in the cyclists also having to stop.
On the opening day of the race, the police will carry out a protest bike ride, prior to the start of the prologue. The police have said that the protests are a result of their negotiations with the government for a pay rise grinding to a halt.