Worker’s Romania association, from Bucharest, Romania, wishes to express sincere militant solidarity with the Indian peasants and farmers in their intent to block strategic roads across India. We stand by your side. Your fight is also ours.
An article about your story has just been brought to the attention of our members and the Romanian public, given the fact that our corrupted mainstream media hasn’t mentioned a single word about your wonderful activities.
Once again, let me express kind words of solidarity with our Indian brothers!
Worker’s Romania association
Peasant protests in India are growing every day. After Punjab and Haryana, they spread to Uttar Pradesh, where giant rallies are held, almost daily, to protest a government reform that “liberalizes” agricultural markets.
Yesterday, more than 10,000 farmers gathered in the town of Shamli, in the heart of a sugar-producing region, to attend a meeting, challenging the regional government's ban for sanitary reasons due to Covid.
Thousands of peasants in Uttar Pradesh also joined the protest in the capital, New Delhi, as did the peasants in Punjab and Haryana who have been stationed since November 26 in a blockade of border crossings.
To protest the cuts imposed by the Indian government and to keep up the pressure, agrarian unions today called for a blockade of strategic highways across the country, starting immediately with Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand and several other areas in the south of the country.
The operation, called "Chakka Jam", is scheduled to last for three hours, between 12 and 15 local time. It is the first major demonstration since the incidents that marked the so-called "tractor parade" in New Delhi, on the national holiday, January 26. The peasants deviated from the negotiated route with the police and invaded the center of the Capital and the Red Fort, a landmark building in Delhi, where they raised the Sikh flag. Clashes with local police left one dead and 400 injured.
Delhi police say they have banned all protesters from entering the city under threat of retaliation. They dug trenches, erected concrete barricades, barbed wire, nailed planks to prevent peasants from entering Delhi, local trade unionists have said.
The peasant revolt seems to have completely escaped the control of the government, which has been losing ground since the beginning of the crisis, under pressure from an increasingly united population in protest. The Executive, which refuses to withdraw its reform, at the request of the peasants, signaled through the state-controlled press that the movement would end after the Republic Day incidents. It was based on what the government calls "the delegitimization of trade unions, accused of not knowing how to control their members".
The government, again, underestimated the determination of farmers and trade unionists in the fight for their rights, and now this movement serves as an example for other countries too, of course, this is something that the mainstream media here in Bucharest will never tell us.