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In India there have been clashes between the police and protesting farmers who want to reach the capital New Delhi

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In India there have been clashes between the police and protesting farmers who want to reach the capital New Delhi

In Shambhu, in northern India and 200 kilometers from the capital New Delhi, there were particularly intense clashes between the police and protesting farmers, who tried to overcome law enforcement barricades along a major highway towards the capital. On Wednesday morning, farmers had brought bulldozers and modified bulldozers to the site to use against the barricades. Police used tear gas and non-lethal bullets to disperse them. The four different meetings held so far between representatives of the protesters and the government have not led to satisfactory results for the farmers, who have therefore resumed their protests. Agriculture Minister Arjun Munda, however, invited farmers for further negotiations.

A large group of farmers have been protesting for about a week to demand various concessions from the government. He left Punjab, an agricultural state in the north-west of India, with the intention of reaching the capital, but for several days he has been blocked by police barricades in Shambhu, on the border with the state of Haryana. Last Friday there was a nationwide strike by workers in rural areas in support of the protests.

The farmers’ groups have presented a list of 21 demands to the government, of which the most important concerns the so-called minimum support pricesi.e. the pre-established rates at which the federal government purchases products from farmers, and which serve to protect the latter’s activity from market fluctuations. Other requests concern lowering sugarcane prices, increasing farmers’ pensions and granting some land to organize a memorial dedicated to those they deem “martyrs” of the previous large farmers’ protest in 2020, during which dozens died of people.

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Indian farmers form a very influential voting block, and according to many analysts, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will try to accommodate their requests as much as possible so as not to lose important support in view of the presidential elections which will be held between April and May.

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