1 dead in India as farmers protest over country's new farming laws

by Jenny Mount · Jan 26th, 2021 3:01 pm
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Last Updated Jan 26th, 2021 at 9:19 pm

At least one person died during a protest in India after thousands of farmers used tractors to pull apart barricades in New Delhi

Thousands of farmers protested in New Delhi on Tuesday, pushing back against new, market-friendly farming laws that were meant to retool the country's agricultural industry. Protesters have called for a full repeal of the laws.

The farmers were going to start a procession of tractors through the city at noon to avoid interfering with morning celebrations of India's Republic Day, but began dismantling barricades two hours early.

"Farmer agitators broke the agreed terms and started their march much before the agreed time," said the Delhi police. "The agitators chose the path of violence and destruction."

Farmers, some carrying weapons, came in on tractors, horses, and foot as they forcefully began their rally hours ahead of schedule. They waved flags, taunted the police, and breached the Red Fort, a palace that previously served as the home of India's Mughal rulers. Police met the protesters were beatings and the use of tear gas.

At least one person died, with local media saying that the man had been shot. Police said that 86 members of its force were wounded.


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