Indian police fire tear gas as protesting farmers march to capital

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Indian security forces fired tear gas on Tuesday to stop thousands of farmers demanding minimum crop prices from marching on the capital New Delhi after talks with the government failed.

Local broadcasters showed thick clouds of tear gas being fired at protesters near Ambala, about 200 kilometers north of the capital, and police also dropped canisters from the air using drones.

The police have erected formidable metal spikes, cement and steel barricades on highways leading to New Delhi in three surrounding states.

The largest possible number has been sent,” Delhi police deputy commissioner Ranjay Atrishya told AFP.Public gatherings of more than five people are banned in the city.India’s farmers have political momentum only because of all the number and the threat of protests.before national elections are likely to begin in April.

Two-thirds of India’s 1.4 billion people depend on agriculture, which accounts for nearly a fifth of the country’s GDP, according to the government.Farmers have called for the Delhi Chalo., or ‘March on Delhi’, to be a repeat of January 2021, when farmers broke barricades and marched on Republic Day. the city during their year-long demonstration at the time.

The protest continues“The protest will continue until the government accepts our demands.”Indian broadcasters showed convoys of hundreds of tractors moving towards the capital from the surrounding states of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, some using their machines to pull barricades out of the way.Where roads could not be cleared, farmers tried to cross the land with tractors.An AFP photographer saw police blocking roads in Ghazipur, a suburb of Delhi, using a series of roadblocks.

First a barbed wire defense line was erected, then metal barriers, concrete blocks and finally police buses.Police in Haryana, a state bordering Delhi, said they had made “strong arrangements” and added in a statement that the situation was “under control”.

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