Farmers protesting against new agriculture laws in India have broken through police barricades around the capital, Delhi, and entered the grounds of the city’s historic Red Fort, in violent scenes that overshadowed Republic Day celebrations. Police hit protesters with batons and fired teargas to disperse the crowds after hundreds of thousands of farmers, many on tractors or horses, marched on the capital. One protester died in the clashes and dozens were injured
for anyone who wasn't aware protests have been going on in india for several months now due to laws passed back in september that would hurt farmers
the general strike that happened in november was a part of this
some more context - https://ruralindiaonline.org/en/articles/this-winter-our-hearts-are-burning-embers/
The farmers are protesting against these three laws: The Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020; and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act 2020.
They see these laws as essentially handing over their right and stake in agriculture to the country’s most powerful corporations, leaving them at the mercy of these big businesses. “If this is not treachery, then what is?” asks one voice in the dark.
“We farmers have had experience of these corporates before – and we don’t trust them. They have betrayed us earlier, and we are not fools. We know our rights," said one of the many voices as I walked through the camps set up in Singhu that late evening.
Aren’t they worried about the stalemate here, when the government is rejecting any possible repeal of the laws? Will they hold out?
"We are strong,” says another cultivator from Punjab. “We are making our own food and distributing it to others as well. We are kisans, we know how to stay strong."