Indian farmers broke down barricades and chanted slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Indian capital of New Delhi, in protests occurring a year after the massive agitation against Indian parliament’s ‘Farm Bills’.
On Monday, thousands of farmers came to protest what they claimed were unfulfilled promises by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government.
More than 5,000 farmers gathered in the capital to demonstrate against Modi and his administration more than eight months after farmers ended a year-long protest and the government accepted a number of their requests.
Farmers attempted to cross barriers at a protest organized by farm unions.
While marching toward the location and yelling anti-Modi chants, protesters carried banners and flags and scaled barriers.
According to a statement from the Samyukta Kisan Morcha, the farmer organization that organized the protest on Monday, farmers are demanding, among other things, that the government guarantee a minimum support price for all products and pay off all farmers loans.
In November of last year, Modi pledged to undo three farm laws that farmers claimed would allow for corporate exploitation of the food markets.
The federal government also committed to forming a committee of farmers and government representatives to figure out how to guarantee Minimum Support Prices (MSP), as the established prices are known, for all agricultural products.
In July, the federal government established a group, and members of farmer organizations were invited to participate.
Police presence around the protest location was increased, and security surrounding the national capital’s boundaries was strengthened.