Demonstrations in support of the ongoing farmers’ agitation in India spilled over to the US and UK on Sunday. This comes less than 72 hours ahead of a crucial meeting between farmers’ representatives and the central government at Delhi’ Vigyan Bhawan on Wednesday.
In California in the US, hundreds of vehicles took part in a ‘kisaan solidarity rally’ from Oakland to the Indian Consulate in San Fransisco via the Bay Bridge. Videos of the rally show demonstrators shouting slogans and waving placards in support of the farmers’ agitation.
Thousands converged on the Indian Consulate in San Francisco. Amazing peaceful and powerful protest! @JakaraMovement #KisaanCarRally #KisaanmazdoorEktaZindabaad #punjab #FarmerProtest pic.twitter.com/YIofutP7DD
— Jasjit Singh (@JasjitSinghD) December 5, 2020
According to reports, the ‘kisaan solidarity rally’ was organised by an outfit known as ‘Jakara Movement’.
These guys are clearly not shy about making a statement pic.twitter.com/JSBXKVgpiW
— Kingshuk Das (@kingshukdas) December 5, 2020
In the UK, British Sikhs gathered outside the Indian High Commission in London in a show of solidarity with the agitating farmers.
As many as 36 British MPs, including Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi wrote to British Secretary of State Dominic Raab, asking him to take up the issue of the farmers’ protest with his Indian counterpart.
British Sikhs protesting against India’s new farming legislation outside the High Commission of India in London on December 6 (Photo Credits: Reuters)
In Australia, a ‘kisaan rally’ was organised from the Indian Consulate in Melbourne to the Parliament House on Sunday.
— @Tanvi Mor (@tanvimor28) December 6, 2020
In Canada, hundreds of people gathered in downtown Toronto outside the Indian Consulate on Saturday to show their support for the protesting farmers. Similar demonstrations were held in Saskatoon and Halifax, according to a report by CTV News.
Earlier this month, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) took strong exception to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s public support for the ongoing farmers’ agitation.
— Amanpreet Grewal (@AmanGrewal_19) December 6, 2020
A considerable population of NRIs or foreign citizens of Indian-origin, with roots in Punjab are based in the UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the US and Canada, including in Toronto and Vancouver.
Farmer unions have called for a ‘Bharat Bandh’ on December 8 if the government of India does not agree to the demand for withdrawal of the three new farm laws and a pan-India legislation to ensure the procurement of farm produce at Minimum Support Price (MSP).