The protest by farmers against the new farm laws has now received international support, with many leaders and politicians from different countries expressing their views on the protest.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau became the first world leader to comment on farmer’s protest. He expressed solidarity with farmers and criticised the Indian government’s handling of the protest.
“Canada will always be there to defend the rights of peaceful protest,” said Trudeau backing the Indian farmers who have intensified their agitations against the farm laws. The 48-year-old Prime Minister noted that the situation is very “concerning.” He added, “The situation is concerning and we’re all very worried about family and friends. I know that’s a reality for many of you. Let me remind you, Canada will always be there to defend the rights of peaceful protest.”
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The Canadian Prime Minister said this at an online event to mark the 551st birth anniversary of Guru Nanak. He said that they understand the importance of dialogue and so they have reached out to multiple means directly to Indian authorities to highlight their concerns. “This is a moment for all of us to pull together,” he added.
Apart from the Prime Minister, Jagmeet Singh, the leader of the New Democratic Party also spoke about the protests. He tweeted, “The violence perpetrated by the Indian govt against farmers peacefully protesting is appalling. I stand in solidarity w/ the farmers from Punjab and across India – and, I call on the Indian govt to engage in peaceful dialogue rather than violence.”
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Jack Harris, MP from St Jhon’s East; Andrea Horwath, Leader of Opposition Ontario; Gurratan Singh-MPP of Brampton East; Kevin Yarde–MPP from Brampton North; and Sara Singh-MPP from Brampton Centre are some of the other Canadian leaders who spoke out on the issue.
The Central government on Tuesday said it will hold talks with farmers in an attempt to find a resolution to the massive protests. Farmers are fearful that the laws which are enacted in September and are aimed at bringing reforms to the agricultural sector (allowing farmers to sell anywhere in the country) will deprive the farmers of guaranteed minimum prices.
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