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Indian farmers leave protest sites after a year of protests

Indian farmers leave protest sites after a year of protests

Indian farmers cheered, evacuated protest places around the capital, New Delhi, and returned home. This ended the year-long protests of farmers in the country. Farmers are now leaving after the government has repealed a number of proposed agricultural laws.

The new agricultural laws were already passed by the Indian Parliament last September, but they have not yet been introduced. Last month, Indian Prime Minister Modi announced the three new laws Withdraw.

The farmers did not leave the demonstration sites immediately after the announcement. They demanded, among other things, that the government maintain guaranteed prices for key crops and the abolition of criminal cases against protesters. On Thursday, the government formed a committee to look into those demands.

Six dead

Modi wanted to liberalize agriculture in India through reforms, but farmers fear they will have to compete with farming conglomerates, who can produce at lower cost. Also, as a result of the reforms, farmers will not receive the minimum support price for crops. In India, the prices of rice and vegetables are partially set by the government.

Peasant protests were not always peaceful. Protesters hit Come to blows With the police and two months ago in North India Six dead When a car collided with farmers. The car is said to have been in a convoy of a politician from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. Party officials said it was an accident.

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