India: Flapping and swaying tents have made way for more permanent structures. Air conditioners and coolers being set up indicate the approaching summer has been accounted for. At the many makeshift townships that have sprung up along Delhi’s border points in the past three months or more, the crowd may be thinning, but not the resolve by the looks of it. In any case, the farmers neutralised lingering doubts by marking ‘Black Day’ today – the 100th day of their protest. As part of the proceedings, the Kundli-Manesar Palwal Expressway will be blocked for five hours between 11 am and 4 pm.
Along stretches of the 136 kilometre expressway, farmers today marched carrying their union flags. Few farmers were also seen on tractors. They raised slogans against the government.
Besides roadblocks, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha, an umbrella organisationof various farmer bodies, has given a call to free the toll plazas near the highways that are to be blocked and wave black flags from offices and residences across the country.
After weeks of protest in their respective regions, farmers from Punjab and Haryana pushed towards the national capital with their “Delhi Chalo” march in November 2020. Since the 26th of that month, they have been camped at various border points such as Singhu and Tikri. They were joined a few days later by farmers from Uttar Pradesh who settled at Ghazipur.