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Rihanna’s Tweet Takes Farmers’ Protest Global, Spurs Support

Farmers’ Protest: Pop star Rihanna shared a report about web ban at protest websites.


  • Greta Thunberg, lawmakers from US, UK tweeted in help of farmers
  • “Very small part of farmers have reservations,” authorities mentioned
  • Petition filed in UK parliament requires security of demonstrators

New Delhi:

Farmers’ protest towards the centre’s three controversial legal guidelines, which they are saying will go away them on the mercy of corporates, has seen an incredible outpouring of help on social media in the previous couple of hours as worldwide pop star Rihanna, local weather campaigner Greta Thunberg, and lawmakers from the USA and the UK tweeted concerning the agitation that started late November. Practically per week after Delhi witnessed an enormous tractor rally and subsequent clashes on Republic Day, a number of barricades and barbed fences have been put up on the outskirts, which the demonstrators have outlined as “excessive measures”.

In a press release, the federal government this morning mentioned “a really small part of farmers have reservations concerning the reforms” that these legal guidelines goal to convey.  “Earlier than speeding to touch upon such issues, we urge that info be ascertained and correct understanding of points at hand be undertaken. Temptation of sensationalist social media hashtags and feedback, particularly when resorted to by celebrities and others, is neither correct nor accountable,” the Ministry of Exterior Affairs mentioned. 

Final night, pop icon Rihanna asked her 100 million followers: “Why aren’t we speaking about this?! #FarmersProtest (sic)”. Her put up – that had a report on web ban on the protest websites – was broadly shared, resulting in a worldwide outpouring of help. 

British MP Claudia Webbe shared the put up and wrote: “Solidarity to the Indian Farmers. Thanks Rihanna.  In an period the place political management is missing we’re grateful for others stepping ahead.” Many others expressed solidarity with the demonstrators after the pop star’s tweet. Punjabi pop singer thanked the worldwide icon for becoming a member of the voices supporting the agitation. 

Lebanese-American mannequin Mia Khalifa was additionally a type of who took to Twitter, becoming a member of the social media customers posting concerning the restrictions on the protest websites.

US Congressman Jim Costa, a Democrat, used the hashtag posted by Rihanna – #FarmersProtest- and underlined he was “intently monitoring the state of affairs”. “The unfolding occasions in India are troubling. As a member of the International Affairs Committee, I’m intently monitoring the state of affairs. The suitable to peaceable protest should at all times be revered. #FarmersProtest (sic),” his put up on microblogging web site learn.

US Vice President Kamala Harris’s niece Meena Harris additionally confirmed her help. “It is no coincidence that the world’s oldest democracy was attacked not even a month in the past, and as we communicate, probably the most populous democracy is below assault. That is associated. All of us needs to be outraged by India’s web shutdowns and paramilitary violence towards farmer protesters,” she tweeted.

Local weather Campaigner Greta Thunberg, who has been nominated for this 12 months’s Nobel Peace Prize, also expressed solidarity

A petition has additionally been filed within the UK parliament, calling for the security of demonstrators. 

Nonetheless, International Ministry spokesperson shared the federal government’s assertion, stressing: “Parliament of India, after a full debate and dialogue, handed reformist laws referring to the agricultural sector. These reforms give expanded market entry & offered better flexibility to farmers”.

Yesterday, Delhi Police Commissioner SN Shrivastava had mentioned the barricading was strengthened on the protest epicentres after final week’s clashes.  “I’m shocked that when tractors have been used, police have been attacked, barricades have been damaged on January 26, no questions have been raised. What did we do now? We now have simply strengthened barricading in order that it is not damaged once more,” he mentioned whereas speaking concerning the sturdy safety measures which were introduced in power. 

Protesters, who’ve been tenting for the final two months, have alleged disruption in water and energy provide as a result of set up of barricades and barbed wire fences. Digging of trenches and nails on roads, and non permanent web suspension are a part of “assaults” being organised by the federal government, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha, an umbrella physique of farmer teams, has mentioned.

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