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The protest march of Indian farmers towards New Delhi, which has been blocked for weeks, will restart today

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The protest march of Indian farmers towards New Delhi, which has been blocked for weeks, will restart today

Today, Wednesday 6 March, the protest march of Indian farmers towards the capital New Delhi will begin again. A few days ago the protests were interrupted by the organizers as a sign of respect for a protester who died in clashes with the police. The protests began in February, when a large group of farmers left the state of Punjab, northwest of New Delhi, with the intention of reaching the capital. Negotiations between the government and farmers, who are demanding some economic concessions, have repeatedly failed.

The demonstrators, mostly aboard trolleys towed by tractors, were blocked by the police in Shambhu, on the border between the states of Punjab and Haryana, about 200 kilometers from New Delhi. Protesters and police have been facing each other for weeks, even with violent clashes, and the farmers have not managed to advance towards the capital: now the organizers of the protest have invited the farmers to reach it by public transport. In the stations and streets of New Delhi was consequently increased very safety.

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 they concern lowering sugarcane prices, increasing farmers’ pensions and granting some land to organize a memorial dedicated to the “martyrs” of the previous large farmers’ protest in 2020, during which dozens of people died.

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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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