Over 200 farmers take to streets

World | ASSOCIATED PRESS 23 Jul 2021

More than 200 farmers demonstrated near India's Parliament yesterday to mark eight months of protests against agricultural laws they say will devastate their livelihoods.

The protesters waving white, green and orange flags arrived in police-escorted buses from an expressway outside New Delhi where thousands of farmers have hunkered down since late November to voice their anger against three laws passed by Parliament last year.

Police are allowing them to congregate each day until August 9. "We have capped the number of people who will be protesting at 200,'' said a farmers' leader.

The arrival of the protesters in the capital with official approval was in sharp contrast to January 26, when tens of thousands of farmers marched into New Delhi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government says the agriculture laws are necessary to modernize the industry.

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