A clash between Indian farmers and police has turned fatal, following protests of new agriculture laws.
What was supposed to be a routine military parade on India’s Republic Day, the 71st anniversary of when India’s constitution came into effect, instead turned violent when farmers began to protest three new agricultural laws coming into effect.
Farmers came into the Country’s capital on tractors in response to agriculture laws that aimed to remove regulations surrounding wholesale produce markets. The new laws gave rise to concern for some workers within the agriculture sector, which comprises over 60% of India’s job market, as they fear it could hurt their incomes.
The tractors came in as part of an approved tractor brigade, however, things went awry when some of the drivers began to break through police barricades, resulting in police using tear gas, water cannons, and bamboo batons to hold back the farmers.
The farmers are calling for a repeal of the three agriculture laws, while the Indian government has suggested the laws be delayed for 18 months until an agreement is reached with the farmers.
Currently, it’s believed that one farmer has died.