Farmers, whose negotiations with the government in India were unsuccessful, set out for the capital New Delhi to protest. Police closed the entrances to prevent thousands of farmers from Haryana and Punjab states from entering the city. Iron and concrete barricades were set up in Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur on the New Delhi border. Barbed wire, traps, containers and trucks were placed at the borders to prevent tractors from entering.
Due to the closure of the entrances to the city, kilometers of traffic were created in the cities of Gurugram and Noida. While two metro stations in the capital were closed, education was suspended in schools in the New Delhi-Noida border areas. A clash broke out between farmers and police in Shambhu village in Punjab province. The police intervened with pepper gas against farmers trying to overcome the barricades.
Agricultural unions demand increased state support, a base price for products and a doubling of farmers’ income. While the talks held between the government and union leaders yesterday did not yield any results regarding the base price, farmers said that the government was moving slowly in fulfilling its promises.
AGRICULTURAL LAWS WERE WITHDRAWLED
After 1 year of protests in 2021, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a step back and decided to repeal 3 controversial new agricultural laws. The government had announced that a committee would be formed to ensure a base price for agricultural products after the repeal of the laws. However, no report has been published by the delegation yet.
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