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Justin Trudeau extends support to peaceful farmers’ protest

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has become the first world leader to speak on the farmers’ protest going on in India against the contentious farm laws recently enacted by the Centre. Justin Trudeau, while virtually attending an event to commemorate the 551st birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, said Canada will always be there to defend the rights of peaceful protest.

Justin Trudeau said, “The news coming out of India about the protest by farmers. The situation is concerning and we’re all very worried about family and friends. I know that’s a reality for many of you. Let me remind you, Canada will always be there to defend the rights of peaceful protest.”

Farmers’ protest enters sixth day

Notably, the farmers’ protest in India entered the sixth day on Tuesday. Thousands of farmers from various states are camping at Delhi border. They are adamant to stage a protest against the Centre’s farm laws at Jantar Mantar in Delhi, whereas the Centre wants them to shift to Burari grounds on the outskirts of the national capital.

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The Centre’s strategy to ask the farmers to shift to Burari for initiating talks has failed miserably. The government has now invited the farmers for talks in Tuesday without any condition.

Even as the government invited the farmers for talks over their demands of abolishing the 3 new farm laws, the agitating farmers have said the Centre must invite all 500 groups of farmers from across the country instead of the 32 they have invited.

“We won’t be going for talks till all groups are called,” said Sukhvinder Sabhran of Punjab Kisan Sangarsh Committee in Delhi.

Meanwhile, both Singhu border and Tikri border have been closed for traffic as the huge gathering of farmers continue to camp on the highway after not being allowed to enter Delhi with their ‘Delhi Chalo’ march against the Centre’s farm laws.

Despite the massive protest by farmers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi continues to hail the new farm laws as game-changers.

 

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