New Delhi: Now labourers will be joining farmers to help intensify their protest with another ‘rail roko andolan’ for the same demand of Centre to repeal the three new farm laws and also to agitate against corporatisation and privatization. Also Read - Kisan Andolan: Farmers Blocks Western Peripheral Expressway to Protest Against Farm Laws
Farmer leader Darshan Pal Singh on Saturday informed that a nationwide agitation against corporatisation and privatisation would be held on March 13 where farmers and labourers would throng the railway lines and protest there. Also Read - Protesting Farmers to Free Toll Plazas at Multiple Places Today to Mark 100 Days of Agitation
“This is our next move to intensify the ongoing protest,” said Pal, who is the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) Spokesperson. Also Read - TIME Magazine Features Women Leading India’s Farmers Protest on Its Cover | See Picture
Pal was present at the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) Expressway which was blocked by thousands of farmers on Saturday to mark 100 days of the protest which started on November 26, 2020 with an intent to pressurise the central government to repeal the three new Union farm laws.
In an interview with new agency IANS, Pal shared the helplessness against the crackdown on the farmers’ protest by the Centre, including Internet shutdown and FIRs against those showing sympathy for the farmers’ cause.
“What can we do if such things happen to us. We can only face and resist apart from taking precautions that no anti-national elements infiltrate our agitation,” he said.
The latest in the list of crackdown is the infamous “toolkit” case which names environmental activists from India such as Disha Ravi and international activists such as Greta Thunberg in the FIRs lodged by the Delhi police.
They were framed under charges of defaming the country after a toolkit was shared by Thunberg from her official Twitter account which mentioned methods to intensify the ongoing farmer protests beyond India.
Marking the 100th day of the farmers’ agitation, the farmers blocked the 135 km long Western Peripheral Expressway also known as KMP Expressway, from 11 a.m. till 4 p.m. The event ended peacefully with no reports of violence anywhere.
(With inputs from IANS)