Govt says international support trying to derail farmers’ protests

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Govt says international support trying to derail farmers’ protests

  • Global popstar Rihanna and climate activist Greta Thunberg tweeted in support of farmers’ protests on the appeal of Indian climate activist Licypriya Kangujam.
  • Hashtag #farmersprotest trended on top

Nirmesh Singh | New Delhi, 03 Feb. 21

After the farmers protest got an overwhelming international support from global pop star Rihanna and Greta Thunberg on the appeal of Indian child climate activist Licypriya Kangujam, government of India has issued a statement on Wednesday and alleged that the international support is a vested interest groups agenda to derail farmers’ protests.

The statement was issued by Ministry of External Affairs.

It said, “It is unfortunate to see vested interest groups trying to enforce their agenda on these protests, and derail them. This was egregiously witnessed on January 26, India’s Republic Day”.

“Before rushing to comment on such matters, we would urge that the facts be ascertained, and a proper understanding of the issues at hand be undertaken”, it added.

Government claimed that three laws were passed parliament of India after a full debate and discussion and only a very small section of farmers were opposed to the farm laws.

It also emphasised that these protests must be seen in the context of India’s democratic ethos and polity, and the efforts of the Government and the concerned farmer groups to resolve the impasse.

International pop star Rihanna had tweeted, “Why aren’t we tweeted about this? #FarmersProtest” and shared the news- India cuts internet around New Delhi as protesting farmers clash with police. Rihanna has over 100 Million followers on twitter and is among the top five twitter accounts in the world.

She had tweeted after Indian child climate activist Licypriya Kangujam had appealed to Greta Thunberg and tagged Rihanna in the tweet.

Hi @GretaThunberg Plz extend support to the voice of millions of Indian farmers. This is the world’s biggest historic protest for their rights. They’re already the victims of #ClimateCrisis. We also stand to scrap new farm laws #CAP in  @Europarl_EN #WithdrawTheCAP #Rihanna

Greta Thunberg responded shared the same news with a tweet, “We stand in solidarity with the #FarmersProtest in India”.