Source Title: protest continues! Indian government cuts off networks near the capital to protest farmers’ hunger strike for a day
[World Wide Web reporter Hou Jiaxin] Indian farmers protesting the new agricultural bill are still protesting. On January 30, local time, protesting farmers staged a one-day hunger strike in the outskirts of New Delhi. India’s interior ministry cut off Internet services in various areas around the capital, Reuters reported.
According to the report, on January 30 local time, the Interior Ministry of India said that Internet services at three locations where protests took place in the suburbs of New Delhi had been suspended until 23:00 local time on January 31 in order to “maintain public safety”;. Reuters said the Indian government often cuts off Internet services in places they think there will be riots, but the move is still unusual in the capital.
On the same day, hundreds of tractors arrived at the main protest site in the northern suburb of the city, and the police also strengthened their police force. Some protesting farmers said that the hunger strike on January 30 coincided with the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s death, which would show Indians that the vast majority of the protestors were peaceful.
&”The peasant movement is and will be peaceful,” said the leader of the agricultural trade union, which organized the protest.
It has been two months since farmers in India protested three farmers’ bills. Farmers are worried that the three peasant bills formulated by the government will damage their own interests. The reform of the traditional way of purchasing agricultural products will make farmers subject to the large-scale agricultural oligarchs in the future production activities, and it is difficult to protect their own interests.
According to previous reports, in order to boycott the government’s implementation of the new agricultural bill, a large number of peasant protestors from Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana gathered in the capital New Delhi on January 26 to hold a large-scale “tractor protest” on behalf of peasants from 20 states across the country;. The day coincided with India’s Republic Day, New Delhi held a military parade as a rule, and the pressure of law enforcement and epidemic prevention faced by the police increased sharply.