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World Thousands of protesting Indian farmers and police face-off at New Delhi border

09:40  28 november  2020
09:40  28 november  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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By Danish Siddiqui

a group of people in front of a large crowd of people: Protest against newly passed farm bills near Delhi © Reuters/DANISH SIDDIQUI Protest against newly passed farm bills near Delhi

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India deployed hundreds of police and paramilitary forces at a New Delhi border on Saturday as thousands of farmers from neighbouring states blocked major roads into the capital, in protest against recent agricultural deregulation.

a group of people standing around a fire: Protest against newly passed farm bills near Delhi © Reuters/DANISH SIDDIQUI Protest against newly passed farm bills near Delhi

A day after clashes ended with an agreement that the farmers could demonstrate in the capital, tensions rose again in the protests over laws that farmers fear could rob them of minimum guaranteed prices for their produce.

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Thousands of farmers , who are marching from various states toward India ’s capital to protest against new farm laws they say will hurt their incomes According to the Press Trust of India , the police had stationed water cannons earlier in the day and used barbed wires at some Delhi border checkpoints.

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Thousands of Indian farmers scuffled with police on Friday as they tried to march to the capital, Delhi , in protest against Police fired tear gas at some places on the outskirts of Delhi and used water cannons at entry points to stop people coming into the city centre from the big

a group of people walking down the street: Protest against newly passed farm bills near Delhi © Reuters/DANISH SIDDIQUI Protest against newly passed farm bills near Delhi

Farmers who arrived in trucks, buses and tractors at Delhi's Singhu border with Haryana state on Friday, blocked the main northern highway into the capital on Saturday morning, chanting slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government and waved the red, yellow and green flags of farmer's unions.

They appeared ready for a long sit-in and refused to relocate to a designated protest site, raising fears of fresh clashes between security forces and protesters.

On Friday, police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse the protesters before letting them march into the capital and stage a protest at a designated site.

Both security forces and farmers have installed barricades to prevent a repeat of Friday's clashes.

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Thousands of farmers who were on their way to the national capital for the " Delhi Chalo" march to protest against the Centre's farm laws have entered Haryana. However, the Delhi Police has increased its presence in border areas to prevent any further movement.

Police fired several rounds of tear gas at some places on the outskirts of Delhi and used water Television showed plumes of smoke and some people throwing stones at police as thousands Many farmer organisations oppose the new law, saying it would leave small growers with little bargaining

Harbhajan Singh, 75, from Amritsar in the major northern farming state of Punjab, said he and others were carrying provisions and were prepared to camp out.

"We have been harassed by the government. We want a special parliament session for withdrawal of the new farm laws," Singh said, adding he hopes farmers from other states will join the protests to pressure on the government.

Opposition Congress Party leader Rahul Gandhi also slammed the government.

"Our slogan was, 'Hail the Soldier, Hail the Farmer,' but today PM Modi's arrogance made the soldier stand against the farmer. This is very dangerous," Gandhi tweeted in reaction to a photo of a policeman attempting to hit a farmer with a baton.

Modi's laws, enacted in September, let farmers sell their produce anywhere, including to big corporate buyers like Walmart Inc, not just at government-regulated wholesale markets where growers are assured of a minimum procurement price.

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New Delhi : Thousands of Indian farmers scuffled with police on Friday as they tried to march to the capital, Delhi , in protest against new laws Police fired tear gas at some places on the outskirts of Delhi and used water cannons at entry points to stop people coming into the city centre from the big

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Thousands of Indian farmers scuffled with police on Friday as they tried to march to the capital, Delhi , in protest against Police fired tear gas at some places on the outskirts of Delhi and used water cannons at entry points to stop people coming into the city centre from the big

Leon Russell wearing a hat talking on a cell phone: Protest against newly passed farm bills near Delhi © Reuters/DANISH SIDDIQUI Protest against newly passed farm bills near Delhi

But many small growers worry they will be left vulnerable to big business and could eventually lose the price supports for key staples such as wheat and rice.

The government says there is no plan to eliminate wholesale markets and that farmers have the choice of buyers. It hopes the deregulation attracts agricultural investment and fixes supply chains that lose one-fourth of India's produce to wastage.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Protest against newly passed farm bills near Delhi © Reuters/DANISH SIDDIQUI Protest against newly passed farm bills near Delhi

(Reporting by Danish Siddiqui; Writing by Nidhi Verma; Editing by Euan Rocha and William Mallard)

India Begins Talks With Farmers’ Groups as Protests Simmer .
The government of Prime Minister Narenda Modi started talks with dozens of farm leaders Tuesday to end widespread demonstrations that have erupted in protest against the imposition of new agricultural laws. Tens of thousands of agricultural workers from across the country have been gathering on the outskirts of the capital New Delhi for the last few days, demanding that the Modi administration roll-back three new laws that they say will hurt their incomes and make farming in India harder.

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