New Delhi: Farmers protesting against the central government’s new agricultural laws have alleged that their Facebook and Instagram accounts were blocked on Sunday after they held a live broadcast. The allegations have fuelled the debate about online censorship as well as farmers’ rights to protest. Also Read - Farm Laws Stir: Police Stop Congress Workers With Water Cannon in Punjab; Hooda, Other Leaders Detained in Haryana
Managers of Kisan Ekta Morcha, one the biggest pages being used for the movement, said their page was removed by Facebook claiming that it had gone against its community standards on spam. Also Read - Breaking News January 15 Updates
Their page on Instagram, which is also owned by Facebook that has been accused of favouring the ruling BJP and the government to protect its business interests, has faced similar action and was not being allowed to share new posts, the farmers said. Also Read - Hina Khan Shares Heart-warming Video Depicting Her 12 Years of Glorious Journey, Says 'Fans Make It Worthwhile'
According to the demonstrating groups, the curbs came right after a live broadcast by Swaraj India chief Yogendra Yadav, who is one of the leaders of the protest, where he announced that the farmers will take part in an indefinite, relay hunger strike starting Monday.
Yadav also called on people to bang plates during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s next monthly radio broadcast Mann ki Baat, due next Sunday, to ask the Prime Minister “when will you listen to our (the farmers’) baat”.
Thousands of farmers, mainly from Punjab and Haryana, are protesting against the laws for the last over four weeks at various border points of Delhi and demanding that the legislations be repealed.
Intensifying their agitation, farmers on Sunday announced that they will observe a day-long relay hunger strike on Monday at all sites of protest here and halt toll collection on highways in Haryana from December 25 to 27.
The Supreme Court on Thursday had said that the farmers agitation should be allowed to continue “without impediment” and this court will not “interfere” with it as the right to protest is a fundamental right. It had also put a sole caveat that there should not be any breach of peace either by farmers or police.