Rihanna Sparks Global Support for Farmers

Rihanna Sparks Global Support for Farmers
We stand in solidarity with the farmer protests in India,’ climate activist Greta Thunberg wrote on Twitter.

After pop singer Rihanna made waves on Wednesday by tweeting about the situation in Delhi, there has been an outpouring of support from the international community for the farmer protests against the three agricultural laws.

Celebrities and activists from around the world extended their support to the farmers’ movement, with some outraging over the Narendra Modi government’s handling of the crisis.

“We stand in solidarity with the farmer protests in India,” wrote climate activist Greta Thunberg on Twitter, using the hashtag #FarmersProtest.

Thunberg shared a CNN article about the Centre’s decision to block internet services at three protest sites near Delhi borders, a favoured tactic of the Narendra Modi government to thwart protests. Internet was also suspended in districts of Haryan following violence on Republic Day.

Thousands of farmers have camped on the outskirts of the city for over two months, in a largely peaceful protest. Tensions arose on January 26, when a tractor rally by farmers turned chaotic. One protestor died and over 300 security personnel were injured in clashes between the protestors and police. The situation remains tense, with authorities extending the internet shutdown at the protest sites.

Meena Harris, the niece of United States Vice President Kamala Harris, asserted that everyone should be outraged by India’s internet shutdowns and paramilitary violence against farmer protestors.

“It’s no coincidence that the world’s oldest democracy was attacked not even a month ago, and as we speak, the most populous democracy is under assault,” she wrote, referring to the storming of the US Capitol in January. “This is related.”

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Marcia Mphahlele

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