January 27, 2021

Farmers' demonstrations in Delhi turn violent

Groups of protesting farmers entered the historic Red Fort and hoisted flags after clashing with police officers in the national capital (New Delhi). The farmers' agitation has been going on for over two months as the stand-off between the government and the farmers continues over the new agriculture laws, enacted in September, to deregulate the farming sector.

Background

- Farmers have been protesting for over two months over farm reforms, enacted in September

- These reforms were meant to deregulate the agriculture sector, allowing farmers to sell to buyers beyond government-regulated wholesale markets

- Small farmers fear the changes will mean the end of guaranteed minimum prices for their crops and leave them at the mercy of big retailers

- The agitating farmers had called for a tractor rally in Delhi on Republic Day, Jan 26, to mark their protests

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