NEW DELHI (AP) — About 200 supporters of Indian farmers scuffled with police on Wednesday after being blocked from marching to an relate for protests attain the Parliament constructing in the Indian capital.
Waving flags and banners, the protesters demanded the repeal of new agriculture reform authorized guidelines which the farmers remark will favor colossal corporations.
The police barricaded the avenue and some protesters tried to push their capability by, nevertheless had been blocked by a heavy police presence.
The protesters represented the opposition Congress occasion and groups together with the All India Central Council of Change Unions, the All India Students’ Association and the Students’ Federation of India.
Tens of hundreds of farmers had been camping on the outskirts of Original Delhi for greater than two months so as to force the repeal of authorized guidelines they gain would cease govt-location prices and force them to sell to great corporations as a replace of govt-run markets.
The deadlock grew to alter into violent on Jan. 26, India’s Republic Day, when tens of hundreds of farmers using tractors stormed India’s historical Purple Castle and unfurled the flag of the minority Sikh community, which is leading the declare. Clashes between the protesters and govt forces left one protester needless and with reference to 400 police officers injured.
High Minister Narendra Modi’s govt has offered to droop the authorized guidelines for 18 months nevertheless farmers are insisting they be repealed.
Moreover Wednesday, India’s External Affairs Ministry said expressions of make stronger to the farmers from celebrities together with singer and actress Rihanna and teenage local weather activist Greta Thunberg had been irresponsible.
Rihanna said in a tweet, “Why aren’t we talking about this?! #FarmersProtest.”
“We stand in solidarity with the #FarmersProtest in India,” Thunberg tweeted.
“The temptation of sensationalist social media hashtags and comments, namely when resorted to by celebrities and others, is neither appropriate nor responsible,” the ministry said in a observation.