Tight security measures and barriers as Indian farmers march to New Delhi | Protest news

Indian authorities deployed tight security measures to stop thousands of protesting farmers who were marching towards New Delhi to renew their demands for guaranteed crop prices in a repeat of the 2021 protests when they camped on the outskirts of the capital for more than a year.

Police closed several entry points into New Delhi on Tuesday by erecting barricades made of barbed wire, nails and cement blocks. Large gatherings were banned in the capital and internet services were suspended in some areas of the neighboring state of Haryana.

The renewed protests come more than two years after Prime Minister Narendra Modi withdrew controversial farm laws that sparked demonstrations in which tens of thousands of farmers took shelter outside the capital during a harsh winter and a devastating coronavirus surge.

The farmers, who started their journey from the northern states of Haryana and Punjab, are demanding a guaranteed minimum support price for all agricultural products. The government protects agricultural producers from any sharp decline in the prices of agricultural products by announcing a minimum purchase price for some basic crops at the beginning of the growing season, taking into account the cost of production.

Farmers are also pressuring the government to fulfill its promise to double their income.

The withdrawal of the farm laws in November 2021 was seen as a major reversal by the Modi government. The government said at the time that it would form a committee of farmers and government officials to find ways to ensure price support for all agricultural products. Multiple meetings since then have not achieved any progress.

The march comes just months before India’s national elections, in which Modi is widely expected to win a third term.

Farmers constitute the most influential voting bloc in India, and politicians have long considered it unwise to alienate them.

Some farmers and labor unions also announced a nationwide rural strike on Friday.

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