- Title: Indian farmers stage nationwide protests against reforms
- Date: 27th September 2021
- Summary: CHENNAI, TAMIL NADU, INDIA (SEPTEMBER 27, 2021) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) PROTESTERS CHANTING AND GATHERED BEHIND BARRICADES AS POLICE STAND ON GUARD PROTESTERS PUSHING BARRICADES AGAINST POLICE POLICE DETAINING PROTESTER DETAINED PROTESTERS ENTERING BUS PROTESTERS SITTING IN FRONT OF POLICE, WAVING FLAGS AND CHANTING (SOUNDBITE) (English) TAMIL NADU STATE SECRETARY, COMMUNIST PARTY OF INDIA, K. BALAKRISHNAN, SAYING: "We have participated in the 'bandh' (shutdown). If Modi continues this reluctance, they delay, they are not delaying withdrawing the act, the struggle will continue and intensify further." RANCHI, JHARKHAND, INDIA (SEPTEMBER 27, 2021) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS WAVING FLAGS AND CHANTING ON THE ROAD PROTESTERS ARGUING WITH COMMUTERS PROTESTERS ARGUING WITH POLICE OFFICER (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) DISTRICT SECRETARY, COMMUNIST PARTY OF INDIA, AJAY SINGH, SAYING: "This protest is against the laws that the farmers do not want but they (government) want to impose on them forcibly. And we will continue to protest until these laws are withdrawn." NEW DELHI, INDIA (SEPTEMBER 27, 2021) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) VARIOUS OF FARMERS CHANTING AND PROTESTING PROTESTING FARMERS SITTING, MAN TALKING BAHADURGARH, HARYANA, INDIA (SEPTEMBER 27, 2021) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) VARIOUS OF FARMERS SITTING ON RAILWAY TRACKS AND PROTESTING (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) GENERAL SECRETARY, ALL INDIA KISAN SABHA, PUNJAB, BALDEV SINGH, SAYING: "The nationwide agitation is against the three farm laws and it's happening successfully across the country." NEW DELHI, INDIA (SEPTEMBER 27, 2021) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) BARRICADES NEAR RED FORT, THAT WAS STORMED BY PROTESTERS EARLIER DURING FARMERS' PROTEST IN JANUARY 2021 / PEOPLE WALKING RED FORT TOWERS POLICE GATHERED POLICE OFFICER STANDING NEXT TO POLICE VEHICLE
- Embargoed: 11th October 2021 12:17
- Keywords: India Modi agrarian farmers law protest rural social unrest
- Location: CHENNAI, TAMIL NADU / RANCHI, JHARKHAND / NEW DELHI / BAHADURGARH, HARYANA, INDIA
- City: CHENNAI, TAMIL NADU / RANCHI, JHARKHAND / NEW DELHI / BAHADURGARH, HARYANA, INDIA
- Country: India
- Topics: Asia / Pacific,Conflicts/War/Peace,Civil Unrest
- Reuters ID: LVA001EWHUI4N
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Indian farmers opposed to reforms they say threaten their livelihoods renewed their push against the changes with nationwide protests on Monday (September 27), a year after laws on the liberalisation of the sector were introduced.
In the southeastern state of Tamil Nadu's Chennai, protesters broke through police barricades and clashed with police. Several protesters were detained at the scene.
In the capital New Delhi, as well as the northern cities of Bahadurgarh and Ranchi, farmers blocked roads and rail tracks as they demanded the Modi-led government repeal the three laws.
The legislation, introduced in September last year, deregulates the agriculture sector and allows farmers to sell produce to buyers beyond government-regulated wholesale markets, where growers are assured of a minimum price.
The protests have been generally peaceful but police and farmers clashed in New Delhi in January during a tractor procession and one protester was killed and more than 80 police were injured. Security around parts of New Delhi that saw major clashes in January was tight on Monday.
Small farmers say the changes make them vulnerable to competition from big business, and that they could eventually lose price supports for staples such as wheat and rice. The government says the reforms mean new opportunities and better prices for farmers.
Farming sustains almost half of India's more than 1.3 billion people and accounts for about 15% of the $2.7 trillion economy. Farmer union leaders say their protests did not disrupt emergency services.
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