Leading unions and community organizations across Canada and elsewhere express support for India’s farmers
OTTAWA, Feb. 27, 2021 (WORLD NEWSWIRE) — In a full-page advertisement in today’s Toronto Star, labour, neighborhood and civil society companies in Canada and somewhere else revealed their assistance for India’s farmers. This Statement of Uniformity comes at a time when countless farmers in India have actually been engaged for months in the biggest and longest continual non-violent resistance motion in Indian and potentially world history, going beyond Mahatma Gandhi’s historical 1930 Dandi March versus the abhorrent British colonial Salt Law. The Statement becomes part of a growing motion outside India to show that the world is viewing which we are strongly behind the farmers and their battle to endure.
The farmers are objecting farm laws that will ruin the incomes of the millions utilized in farming in India while blatantly advancing the interests of Prime Minister Modi’s business cronies. This is a battle for survival that has actually highlighted farmers and agricultural laborers throughout the nation, throughout class and caste lines. For nearly 4 months now, numerous thousands have actually been objecting in harmony in the outdoors, braving the freezing winter season and enduring water cannons, tear gas, and barriers. Over 200 have actually passed away. Females from farm households are on the cutting edge. Even older farmers in their 80s are active individuals.
Prime Minister Modi rammed the farm laws through Parliament in September, through suspicious procedure and without argument, depending on a pliant media and pandemic conditions to smother opposition outside Parliament. This occurred without assessment with farmers’ agents. When regardless of continued efforts at repression, the motion just grew more powerful, the federal government released a full-blown effort to damn and criminalize the farmers, consisting of through arrests. The farmers’ motion has now likewise end up being a motion to safeguard the democratic rights to complimentary speech, assembly, and serene dissent preserved in the Indian Constitution, in resistance to Modi’s significantly authoritarian program.
“In these last months, the world has watched tens of thousands of Indian farmers and farm workers leave their fields for the streets to protest the corporate takeover of their livelihoods,” stated Hassan Yussuff, President of the Canadian Labour Congress. “Canadian unions support their fight to repeal laws that will impoverish millions of small farmers and leave more farm workers unemployed.”
At this historical minute we stand with Indian farmers in their battle for survival, for justice, for democracy, for a say in identifying and securing their futures which of succeeding generations. The Federal government of India should rescind the unjustified farm laws and fulfill the farmers’ needs.
Feroz Mehdi (Français) 514-982-6606 ext. 2247
Dolores Chew (English) 514-885-5976
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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.