On Tuesday, Groningen police confirmed that several new threatening letters had been sent to business owners in connection with their involvement in wind turbine construction.
Translation by Traci White
Dagblad van het Noorden reports that the number of letters and recipients has not been made known by the police, nor has there been any indication of which wind turbine arrays they may be involved with. The Groningen newspaper received a copy of the alleged letter on Tuesday which claimed it had been sent to 14 businesses and government representatives, namely water management minster Cora van Nieuwenhuizen and economics minister Eric Wiebes.
The provinces of Groningen and Drenthe told the Dagblad that they had not been targeted in the most recent campaign. On Tuesday morning, RTV Drenthe reports that the police investigated a home in Emmen believed to be connected to the ongoing threat campaign.
Construction on at least one of the wind turbine arrays already began this spring: pile driving for the first tall turbines on the Mondenweg, which will eventually become the Drentse Monden and Oostermoer wind park.
Last month, three men from Drenthe and Groningen – Jan Nieboer from Platform Storm, former Groningen anti-wind turbine activists spokesperson Jan H. and Johnny R. – were taken into police custody on suspicion of involvement with the letters, which threatened to harm business owners involved with the wind turbine plans and damage their companies. As of this week, Jan H. and Nieboer are still in custody.
Several businesses, contractors and government officials received letters threatening to harm them and their families if they did not cease their involvement with the plans. Two business owners withdrew as a result, and asbestos was dumped in several locations, namely Delfzijl, Meeden and Zuidbroek.