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India's Modi breaks silence on months long farm protests

India's Modi breaks silence on months long farm protests”

In the last few days, more farmers have arrived along with their tractors to join their protesting colleagues at the three major protest sites near New Delhi.

Farmer unions Monday announced a countrywide "chakka jam" on February 6 when they would block national and state highways for three hours in protest against the Internet ban in areas near their agitation sites, harassment allegedly meted out to them by authorities, and other issues.

Tens of thousands of farmers have camped on the outskirts of the capital for more than two months, protesting new agricultural laws they say benefit private buyers at the expense of growers. One died and hundreds were injured.

"In exercise of the power conferred under Sub-rule 1 of Rule 2 of the Temporary Suspension of Telecom Services (Public Emergency or Public Safety) rules 2017 and in the interest of maintaining public safety and averting public emergency, it is necessary and expedient to order the temporary suspension of Internet services in the areas of Singhu".

Farm leaders said Saturday's hunger strike, to coincide with the death anniversary of Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi, would show Indians that the protesters were overwhelmingly peaceful.

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A tractor parade on last Tuesday's Republic Day turned violent when some protesters deviated from pre-agreed routes, clashing with police and breaking into the historic Red Fort complex in the capital.

The Samyukta Kisan Morcha, a coalition of farmers' groups, had alleged that over 100 people were missing after the violence, NDTV reported.Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh later said that a helpline would be set up to locate them.

"The events on January 30 will be organised to spread the values of truth and non-violence". "She didn't talk about her government's promise of doubling farmers' income by 2022".

Sporadic clashes between protesters, police and groups shouting anti-farmer slogans have broken out on multiple occasions since then. The government has offered to put the laws on hold for 18 months, but farmers say they will not end their protests for anything less than full repeal.



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