Crowds at protest sites thinning but farmers say movement remains stronger than ever

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Most tents are vacant, tractors parked have reduced and crowds have thinned at farmers protest sites. (Image Source: Twitter/Oxomiya Jiyori)

It has been over two months since farmers have been protesting in India against the Indian government’s three controversial agricultural laws. The major protest sites are the Singhu, Tikri, and Ghazipur borders and recently there has been a visible thinning of crows around these Delhi borders. However, farmers state that their movement is now stronger than ever and the crowd is just shifting from one spot to another to mobilize more people to join the movement.

The Financial Express reported that Avtar Singh Mehma of the Krantikari Kisan Union said: “The crowd is not thinning at all. We are simply trying to decentralize the movement and mobilize people in villages and districts, and not just in Punjab and Haryana.“ As we have reported earlier, farmer unions are planning to organize mahapanchayat across the country. 

Mehma also stated that many farmers are traveling back and forth between their homes and the borders as they have to manage their farms. Mehma said: “The Samyukt Kisan Morcha is strategizing to keep the count stable at the borders while allowing the protesters to manage work at home, but the number of people at the borders will only increase after February 18.” 

Media reports also state that farmer leaders have said that farmers are always available to arrive at the borders within short notice. 

Over the last few months, the government and farmers have been at a deadlock, and both parties have failed to reach a common ground. The farmers have refused the government’s offer to suspend the farm laws for a period of 18-months while negotiations continue. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had stated that government’s proposal still stands. 

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