UN urges ‘maximum restraint’ as Indian farmers’ protests widen; int’l celebrities react

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 07 (APP):The United Nations human rights office, OHCHR, has called on Indian authorities and protesting farmers to exercise “maximum restraint” hours before the protestors imposed a nationwide road blockade on Saturday seeking a repeal of new agricultural laws.
In a Tweet, OHCHR also stressed the need for equitable solutions with due respect for human rights.
“We call on the authorities and protesters to exercise maximum restraint in ongoing farmers protests. The rights to peaceful assembly and expression should be protected both offline and online”, the office said.
“It is crucial to find equitable solutions with due respect to human rights for all”, it added.
On Jan 27, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Tuesday called for calm in the wake of violent clashes in New Delhi between the protesting Indian farmers and the police on India’s Republic Day that left one person dead and many more injured.
“As we say in many of these cases, I think it’s important to respect peaceful protests, freedom of assembly and non-violence,” his Spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, said in response to a question at the regular noon briefing in New York.
Tens of thousands of farmers have camped out on the outskirts of New Delhi for more than two months, blocking key roads and demonstrating against the laws they say will benefit large private buyers at their expense.
Though protests started off largely peacefully, violence flared on 26 January when some farmers drove into the city, clashing with security forces.
According to media reports, internet services were shut off in areas where the protesters were camped in, and barricades set up by authorities.
Meanwhile, US Vice President Kamala Harris’s niece has defended her support for protesting Indian farmers after pro-government activists burned her picture in India.
The niece, Meena Harris, reacted after members of a Hindu organization set fire to her picture in opposition to celebrities supporting the country’s farmers.
They also burned pictures of climate crisis activist Greta Thunberg and pop star Rihanna, who have both weighed in to support the farmers.
“I spoke out in support of human rights for Indian farmers, and look at the response,” said the vice president’s niece on Twitter.
Ms Harris became embroiled in the controversy when she tweeted that “the most populous democracy is under assault”.
“It’s no coincidence that the world’s oldest democracy was attacked not even a month ago, and as we speak, the most populous democracy is under assault. This is related. We ALL should be outraged by India’s internet shutdowns and paramilitary violence against farmer protesters,” she tweeted.
Ms Harris, who is a lawyer, drew comparisons between the pro-Trump riot at the Capitol and the crackdown on protesting farmers in India.
India’s foreign ministry has condemned “vested interest groups trying to enforce their agenda on these protests, and derail them”.
Indian Prime minister Narendra Modhi’s government has been unable to end the protests or negotiate a settlement.
A number of Indian celebrities have also publicly supported their government, with the pro-Modi actress Kangana Ranaut, describing the farmers as terrorists, and the Indian cricket player Pragyan Ojha tweeting to Rihanna: “We don’t need an outsider poking her nose in our internal matters!”
Some farmers have also said that the proposed laws are worsening the suicide epidemic sweeping their industry, as Insider reported last month.
The farmers’ efforts have had some impact, but how the fight will end remains unclear.
Late last month, India’s Supreme Court ruled to suspend the new laws from being imposed last month, but farmer are refusing to back down until the laws are completely repealed – a move that the government has already vowed not to do.

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1 Comment
  1. samir sardana says

    The Farmers have to understand some simple things !

    GOI is bankrupt !
    They will NOT pay MSP for any crop
    The GOI staffing will be CUT by 50% in the next 5 years
    Even Internal Security like CRPF … will be CUT (Like with the Blackwater Model)
    AI and Nano will make farmers OBSOLETE as 5 nations in Africa will be able to feed the world
    All Farm Subsidies will BE CUT – by MAKING FARMING UNVIABLE
    GOI and Bania need land – so by MAKING FARMING UNVIABLE – large land tracts will be freed and land rates will fall
    GOI and Bania need WATER – (as China and Pakistan will take over KASHMIR AND SO INDIA WILL HAVE NO WATER IN THE WEST AND CHINA WILL BLOCK THE BRAHMAPUTRA IN THE EAST)
    Industry and IT and services and the Middle class trash need gazillion litres of water – which will COME BY KILLING AGRICULTURE !
    Then the GOI will use the Israelis to destroy Indian Farming by a Man made virus to kill the crops and also to kill off the farmers ( so the virus will be customised to the weedicides …etc used by the farmers)

    GOI feels FARMERS ARE A DEAD WEIGHT AND A BURDEN ! dindooohindoo

    Basically all FARMERS IN THE WORLD WILL BE OBSOLETE – But they will be aborbed – BUT IN INDIA 800 MILLION PEOPLE CANNOT BE ABSORBED

    So,if Rice is sold by FARMERS at 10/kg and the user pays Rs 100/kg,THERE IS ONLY 1 OPTION !

    KILL THE BANIA,MARWARI,GUJARATI,JAIN.KAYASTHA FILTH ! They are the shopkeepers and the marketing supply chain.THERE IS NO OTHER WAY.

    If u raise the MSP for farmers ,the agri processing and retail and entertainment sector will die – and they PAY LARGE INDIRECT AND DIRECT TAXES TO THE GOI !

    QED !

    So,KILL the BANIAS and PARTITION INDIA – as the farmers NEED A COMMUNIST NATION ! THE INDIAN MEDIA IS OWNED AND RUN BY BANIAS AND BRAHMINS !

    These banias are English illiterate,and a race of liars,thieves and cheats – a race of pure Indians,id.est., they are not Rig Vedic invaders.They have atypical Indian features,and are easily identifiable.

    They sold their women for money,and so they could sell their editorials for doles from the GOI.dindooohindoo

    What is the Bania filth (Marwari-Gujarati-Kayastha ).

    It is the Bania filth who worked as spies for each invader into Hindoosthan ! They also funded the wars of the Mughals and Sakas and Huns. There is not one 1 record in history of them having stood up for anything ! They sold their women to the invaders

    The Birlas,Goenkas,Bajajs and other bania filth built their empire by sending their women to Nehru for his peccadilos.They also funded Ambedkar in London – result that – Ambedkar spoke not one word against the Bania vermin !

    95% of the NPA and Bank Frauds in North India upto the borders of the Vindhyas are on account of Bania vermin ! No one talks of the said statistic as every media house is owned and managed by banias or has 75% of the advert revenue from Banias

    To hide all of the above and their history,the bania media owners are now,paragons of ethics,morality, JINGOISM,PATRIOTISM, NATIONALISM and democracy.These rats who did not shed their urine, in a single war of the Hindoo nation,since the war of “Bharata”,are exhorting Indians to die for the natoon,and also,exhorting the dubious courage of foolish Indian soldiers from poor,backward and destitute families. (who are getting slaughtered in Galwan or Kashmir)

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