31
May

Farmers Protest: June 5th

   Posted by: aman   in Other

Day 186

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#FarmersProtest

June 5th

Call it serendipity, I call it irony. June 5th is World Environment Day. It is also the day when in 1974, Jayaprakash Narayan had declared Sampoorn Kranti and launched a mass movement against the central government. Last year, on 5th June, the government presented the anti-farmer policies as Ordinances. Later in September 2020, the Ordinances became Bills and then were bulldozed through the Parliament and Laws.

The Samyukta Kisan Morcha has decided to mark June 5 as Sampoorna Kranti Divas. SKM appeals to citizens to extend their support and actively participate in the farmers movement – burn copies of three agricultural laws in front of offices of BJP MPs, MLAs and Representatives.
Meanwhile, three days back, in Paris the French police pepper sprayed farmers protesting against the new European Union Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The protests against the EU CAP have been going on for months now. Farmers say the policies will impact the agriculture sector adversely, depeasantize the farmers, and place the sector under risk. In November 2018, the government voted in the EGAlim Law which supposedly improves trade relations balance in the agricultural sector and ensures healthy and sustainable diet.

Does that sound familiar?

Two days back, tens of thousands of people in Brazil staged another day of protest against President Jair Bolsonaro, in particular for his chaotic handling of the pandemic. In downtown Rio de Janeiro, protesters were chanting ‘Go away Bolsovirus’. Similar rallies were held in other major cities, the latest in a wave of anger against Bolsonaro that began months ago. People are infuriated with lockdown measures, ineffective medications, and government and failing to anticipate oxygen shortages that left patients to suffocate. One of the themes of the rally Saturday was how many lives might have been saved if the Bolsonaro government had started Brazil’s vaccination drive earlier.

Does that sound familiar?

While French farmers are doing what Indian farmers are doing, are Indians doing what Brazilians are doing? The date is June 5th. Show solidarity!

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