Farmers Across 20 States Block Roads to Protest Against Farm Laws

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published Published on Nov 6, 2020   modified Modified on Nov 7, 2020

-The Indian Express

Farmers participated in the protests at more than 5,000 locations across India, and similar demonstrations in larger numbers are expected to be held in New Delhi later this month.

New Delhi: At least one million farmers across 20 states took to the streets on Thursday against the three recently passed agriculture laws and the proposed Electricity Amendment Bill, All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) leader Avik Saha told The Wire. The protests were led by AIKSCC and other farmers’ organisations from Punjab and Haryana.

The AIKSCC called for the rasta roko protest or chakka jam agitation where farmers blocked roads and participated in the protests at more than 5,000 locations across India, a statement issued by the AIKSCC said. It added that the demonstrations are expected to be held in New Delhi later this month.

Apart from Punjab and Haryana, which witnessed the largest gatherings with hundreds of farmers protesting on roads and highways, other states like Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka also saw huge gatherings of farmers and agricultural workers protesting against the passage of the farm laws, said news reports. In Puducherry, protestors were detained by police.

However, the farmers adhered to peaceful protests, and no untoward incident has been reported. During the blockade, ambulances, vehicles carrying sick persons, petrol and LPG were given free passage, said the AIKSCC statement.

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The Indian Express, 6 November, 2020, https://thewire.in/agriculture/farmers-block-roads-protest-agriculture-laws


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