Headlines December 7, 2020
As protests intensify, farmers’ get international support
The ongoing farmer protests in Delhi is one of the largest and most powerful protests witnessed by India post-independence. As it intensifies, tens and thousands of farmers gathered in the national capital are getting widespread international support too.
On Sunday, thousands of people protested in front of the Indian embassy located at Aldwych in London. Many had to be arrested by police citing Covid safety reasons. The demonstration ‘We stand with farmers of Punjab’ mainly involved British Sikhs. British Sikh Labour MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi wrote a letter to UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab regarding farmers’ protest.
One of the first international leaders to support farmer protests was Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The United Nations (UN) has also extended their support to farmers. Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary General of the UN said, “People have the right to demonstrate peacefully and authorities need to let them do so”.
Quoting a tweet of actor Diljit Dosanjh, who is a staunch supporter of the protests, Indian/American actor Priyanka Chopra tweeted farmers are food soldiers. “Our farmers are India’s Food Soldiers. Their fears need to be allayed. Their hopes need to be met. As a thriving democracy, we must ensure that this crises is resolved sooner than later”, her tweet said.
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