Farmers Protest Latest news: As the farmers protest entered day 9 in the country, India on Friday protested Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s remarks on the ongoing protests and said it may impact the bilateral ties between the two countries. Also Read - No Foreign Head of State to be Chief Guest at Republic Day Event This Year Due to Coronavirus, Says Centre
Expressing resentment over his remarks, India summoned the Canadian High Commissioner and conveyed to him that the comments made by Canadian Prime Minister and some other leaders there on the farmers’ agitation constituted an “unacceptable interference” in the country’s internal affairs. Also Read - India Records 12,584 COVID Cases in Last 24 Hours, Lowest in Seven Months | Key Points
“The Canadian High Commissioner was summoned to the Ministry of External Affairs today and informed that comments by the Canadian Prime Minister, some Cabinet Ministers and members of Parliament on issues relating to Indian farmers constitute an unacceptable interference in our internal affairs,” the MEA said, adding a demarche was made to the envoy. Also Read - Meet Air India's Zoya Aggarwal Who Commanded World's Longest Direct Flight Over North Pole
Furthermore, the Canadian diplomat was also told that such actions, if continued, would have a “seriously damaging” impact on the bilateral ties, the MEA said in a statement.
Last week, Justin Trudeau, supported the agitating farmers in India and said that Canada will always be there to defend the rights of peaceful protests, and expressed concern over the situation.
The MEA said these comments by the Canadian leaders have encouraged “gatherings of extremist activities” in front of the Indian High Commission and Consulates in Canada, raising issues of safety and security.
“We expect the Canadian government to ensure the fullest security of Indian diplomatic personnel and its political leaders to refrain from pronouncements that legitimize extremist activism,” the MEA said.
Canada’s Indian-origin Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan too had expressed concerns over reports of the “peaceful protesters being brutalised in India”.
“The reports of peaceful protesters being brutalized in India are very troubling. Many of my constituents have family there and are worried about the safety of their loved ones. Healthy democracies allow peaceful protest. I urge those involved to uphold this fundamental right,” he tweeted on Sunday.
Thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana and several other states have been protesting for last nine days at the borders of Delhi against three farm laws.
(With inputs from agencies)