World India: Paramilitary reinforcements in Delhi after clashes between farmers and police

23:15  26 january  2021
23:15  26 january  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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  Inde: Renforts paramilitaires à Delhi après des heurts entre agriculteurs et policiers © Provided by Le Point

L The Indian government on Tuesday ordered the deployment of 2,000 paramilitaries to reinforce the police in New Delhi, after clashes between thousands of Indian farmers and the police during a demonstration against the government's agricultural reforms, on the sidelines of the National Day celebrations.

A major security operation was put in place on Tuesday to prevent farmers from disrupting the Republic Day military parade, which ultimately went as planned.

But convoys of tractors crowded with farmers managed to force the roadblocks and circulated at high speed on the main arteries of the city.

Heavy security, roads closed after Delhi farmer riots

  Heavy security, roads closed after Delhi farmer riots Indian police imposed heavy security and closed several main roads around New Delhi on Wednesday a day after farmers went on the rampage the capital, leaving one person dead and dozens injured. The violence marked a dramatic escalation in a standoff between the government and thousands of farmers camped out on the outskirts of the city since late November. The farmers, mostly from northern Indian states including Punjab, want new agricultural reforms scrapped that they fear will leave them at the mercy of big corporations.

A farmer was killed when his tractor accidentally overturned and at least 86 police officers were injured, according to an official statement.

At the old Red Fort in Delhi, erected over 400 years ago, the demonstrators raised the colors of their movement where the Indian flag usually flies, before being driven from the ramparts by the police.

There have been clashes between hundreds of people gathered in front of Delhi Police Headquarters and the security forces.

All over the capital, the latter fired tear gas and charged, baton in hand, the demonstrators who responded with their sticks. Some even took over buses which they used to block police convoys.

At nightfall, the authorities cut internet and telephone connections in places on the outskirts of Delhi where farmers have set up camps.

Heavy security, roads closed after Delhi farmer riots

  Heavy security, roads closed after Delhi farmer riots Indian police imposed heavy security and closed several main roads around New Delhi on Wednesday, a day after farmers went on the rampage in the capital, leaving one person dead and several hundred injured. On Wednesday morning a number of major roads were blocked as police and security forces set up barricades, leading to major traffic congestion. Riot police were stationed near the Red Fort.- Blow for Modi -The unrest was a major embarrassment for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist government, for whom the farmer protests represent the biggest challenge since coming to power in 2014.

Interior Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday ordered the deployment of 15 companies of paramilitary forces to reinforce security forces in the capital, according to media reports.

Smaller farmer protests have also taken place in the metropolitan areas of Bombay and Bangalore as well as in rural Haryana state.

Call to demonstrate on February 1

Leaders of the protest movement blamed the authorities for the violence against farmers, claiming that the police provoked them.

Police responded in a statement that they were forced to act after protesters chose "the path of violence and destruction".

"When we attack a peaceful demonstration, then the difficulties for the government will surely increase," union leader Kawalpreet Singh Pannu told AFP , before announcing a new protest for February 1. before Parliament when the government releases the budget.

Satnam Singh Pannu, the head of one of the main farmers' committees, warned that protesters had enough food to siege Delhi for a year if needed and assured them they had "popular support massive ".

Violence at farmers' protest site in Delhi

  Violence at farmers' protest site in Delhi Farmers say a group of unidentified men attacked their protest site.Clashes broke out at the Singhu border when a group of unidentified men reportedly approached farmers and told them to leave the area.

Tens of thousands of farmers have been camping since November on the main roads at the gates of the capital and counting on this national holiday to give a wider echo to their fight against reforms aimed at liberalizing agricultural markets.

Some protesters reached a large crossroads just three kilometers from the site where Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the National Day parade: a line of tanks and soldiers flew over by fighter jets, including Rafales recently purchased from the France and featured for the occasion.

On the other hand, the size of the parade has been reduced this year due to the coronavirus crisis, just as the number of spectators allowed to gather on the long Rajpath Boulevard has been reduced from 125,000 to 25,000.

January 26 is the anniversary of the entry into force in 1950 of the Indian Constitution, following the independence of India vis-à-vis Great Britain .

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the crowd of spectators before returning to his residence, avoiding any direct confrontation with the farmers.

The standoff that has lasted for months is the toughest test that the Hindu nationalist government has had to face in its six years of existence.

26/01/2021 20:13:08 - New Delhi (AFP) - © 2021 AFP

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