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Amid a stand-off with the government, farmers protesting near Delhi against the new agricultural laws have called for a nationwide strike on Tuesday, December 8, threatening to block all roads to the capital city.

The farmer groups said they have asked the government for the withdrawal of the three laws that “will leave us at the mercy of large corporations and override safeguards against being cheated”.

The farmers said they will occupy all highway toll gates across the country and not allow the government to collect tolls as part of the shutdown. “More people will join our movement,” Harinder Singh Lakhowal, a leader of one of the protesting groups said on Friday.

“We see the government agreeing to our demands on Minimum Support Price, electricity and penalties for stubble burning but we won’t stop till the laws are repealed,” said Satnam Singh Ajnala, President of the Jamhoori Kisan Sabha.

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