In India, thousands of farmers are heading to New Delhi to protest and demand a national law that guarantees a minimum agricultural price. But the government wants to prevent them from entering the city, or repeating the siege that lasted a year between 2020 and 2021 around the capital. Hundreds of police and paramilitaries are placed on the access roads. New Delhi is getting stronger.
With our correspondent in India, Sébastien Farcis
Lines of tractors, dragging habitable trailers, head towards New Delhi from Punjab, and other northern states. country. Enough to last a long seat. To stop these farmers, the police closed several highways by erecting concrete blocks, metal barriers, and fixing nails to the ground.
At one of the entrances to the city, they already fired tear gas at the first arrivals. Farmers are calling for a national law to guarantee a floor purchasing price for major crops, a system that exists in some states, but not everywhere.
And creates competition “ unfair “, says Kamaljeet Singh, member of the Punjab Kisan Union: “ Trucks travel in the dead of night from states like Bihar, where there is no floor price, and arrive in Punjab where there is one. They sell their products more expensively, but it invades our markets and we can no longer sell our crops. »
Weigh on the legislative debate
The government is negotiating with two unions leading this march, but says it cannot quickly pass a law, three months before the legislative elections. Farmers, for their part, want to weigh in on the debate in this electoral campaign.
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