November 29, 2020

AIKS Condemns Police Action on Farmers

THE All India Kisan Sabha condemns the unprecedented use of brute force by the police at the behest of the Narendra Modi led BJP government on peasants and workers protesting against the anti-farmer, anti-worker Acts. AIKS demands the unconditional release of all the arrested protesters and for the restoration of right to protest. It is also significant that the arrests in Delhi have happened when the protest had been permitted by the authorities. This attack on democratic rights ironically is taking place on the Constitution Day. AIKS congratulates the millions of workers and peasants who came out to make the General Strike, Grameen Hartal and protests a historic success in more than 20 states.

In a statement issued on November 26, AIKS noted that massive movement of farmers into Delhi is being reported. Farmers crossed Shambhu border at Ambala and have crossed Kurukshetra, Pipli Mandi in tens of thousands and are marching towards Delhi. More than 50,000 farmers will assemble at the Delhi border by today evening. Thousands of tractors and trolleys carrying farmers, women and children from Punjab and Haryana, many vehicles from Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra and other States are detained at different places. The BJP government has resorted to inhuman use of water cannons in peak winter, barricades, boulders and vehicles to block roads to Delhi and also resorted to use of teargas and lathicharge. Farmers have overcome the hurdles in Haryana and are peacefully marching to Delhi. At many places in Haryana, farmers and workers are sitting on the roads wherever they have been stopped. The numbers are swelling with more people from villages joining. Massive protests have been reported today from workers and farmers across the country with many states reporting complete strike.

The Narendra Modi led BJP government is making a big mistake of trying to suppress democratic protests through cowardly attacks. AIKS warns that workers and peasants will further strengthen the unity built and the struggle will go on until and unless the BJP government withdraws its anti-farmer, anti-worker Acts and anti-people measures being imposed making use of the Covid pandemic and lockdown. The protest call was for November 26-27, 2020. After today’s historic participation, tomorrow the central government offices, collectorates etc will be picketed. The central trade unions have also decided to extend solidarity and actively participate. The united movement shall continue till demands are met.