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Solidarity events will be organised by Indian diaspora as well as international farmers’ organisations in support of Indian farmers

Solidarity events will be organised by Indian diaspora as well as international farmers’ organisations in support of Indian farmers

Singhu Border, 23 November (Sangrami Lehar Bureao)- Preparations are underway for marking 26th November 2021, on the completion of 12 long and continuous months of struggle by lakhs of farmers in India – Thousands of farmers are expected to come to the morcha sites on that day around Delhi. In capital cities in states distant from Delhi, tractor rallies will be organised, in addition to other protests. The day will celebrate the partial victory of the movement, and will emphasise on the remaining demands. Homage will be paid to the brave martyrs of the movement.

Solidarity events are being planned across the world by Indian diaspora as well as international farmers’ organisations. On the 26th November, there will be a protest in London at the Indian High Commission between 12 to 2pm GMT. On the same day (26th-27th night), there will be a sleep-out in Surrey in Canada in addition to a sleep-out in Vancouver. On 30th of November, there will be a protest in Paris, France. On December 4th, a car rally is being organised in California, and a city march in New York, USA. There will also be a commemoration and candlelight vigil at San Jose Gurudwara on that day. An event is planned on December 5th in the Netherlands, and one event in Vienna, Austria on December 8th. Events will happen in Australia as well as other places like Washington and Texas in the USA, and more details will be shared soon.

The Lucknow Kisan Mahapanchayat of Samyukt Kisan Morcha was a grand success. Farmers from all districts of Uttar Pradesh and even from neighboring states participated in the event which also saw numerous SKM leaders join in. The message was very clear to BJP – that if farmers’ demands are not met, voters will be urged to punish the party in the elections. It is now being reported that Ajay Mishra Teni, who was cautioned by protesting farmers not to join a sugar mill inauguration event in Sampoornanagar on 24th November (tomorrow), has decided to withdraw from the event. In Lucknow, he was warned that if he joins the event, farmers will stop taking their sugarcane to sugar mills and will instead take them to DM offices.

A “Maha Dharna” is happening in Hyderabad on November 25th 2021, to mark the first anniversary of the farmers’ protests at Delhi’s borders. Several SKM leaders will join the event the day after tomorrow. Leaders of several trade unions and other mass organisations will also be participating in the Maha Dharna.

SKM takes note of the fact that the News Broadcasting and Digital Standards Authority (NBDSA), through an Order on November 19th 2021 found that news channel Zee News violated the code of ethics in three videos it broadcast in which it linked farmers’ protests to Khalistanis. The Authority also found that Zee News falsely reported that the Indian flag was removed from Red Fort. The Authority expressed its disapproval to the broadcaster and asked for the video to be removed immediately. SKM notes that some media channels continue with their biased propaganda against the protesting farmers, and expresses its deep appreciation of discerning viewers who know which channels to believe in, and which not.

Attempts continue to divide farmers and also pit them against the working class by BJP and others. However, protesting farmers know that they are united and are growing in their strength. The fight of SKM when it asked for a repeal of the 3 black laws, and also a withdrawal of the draft Electricity Amendments Bill keeps in mind ordinary citizens and food prices to be made affordable, PDS system to be protected etc. Farmers also have put up a united fight with workers over the past one year, and have supported the Central Trade Unions’ demand for a repeal of the four labour codes brought in by the Union Government and against the privatisation drive. Protesting farmers have also been asking for fuel prices to be halved, and made affordable to the ordinary citizen. The mischievous attempts to pit farmers against workers are bound to fail.

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Tomorrow, on November 24th, Sir Chhotu Ram’s Jayanti will be marked as Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Diwas.

SKM salutes the spirit of Bibi Bhagwan Kaur, aged about 80 years from Mahil Khurd village of Barnala district of Punjab, and her long presence and participation in Tikri Border morcha.

It is not just morchas at Delhi’s borders and various toll plazas that continue as before – Pucca morchas elsewhere in the country are also continuing with great discipline even now. In Rewa of Madhya Pradesh, the pucca morcha is in its 324th day. SKM appeals to all farmers in the movement to continue their peaceful resistance as before.

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