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India: Thousands of farmers continue to block roads and highways near capital, Central Govt. yet to offer opportunity for discussion

"Our way or the highway: Farmers say they're ready to camp through winter", 30 November 2020

The third day of the blockade at Delhi's five major borders saw more tractor-trolleys pouring into the capital from Singhu border, extending the already long line of vehicles on Delhi-Chandigarh highway for several kilometres.

...The farmers said they were prepared to camp for a long period, possibly even spending the winter on the borders if their demands were not met. Farmers' groups said some would be sent back home after 11 days, following which others would arrive with more essentials.

While free langar was being served by Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee on one side of the road, the other carriageway housed thousands of trucks. As TOI took a long walk down the highway, farmers could be seen cooking meals and taking a nap on mattresses. Most trucks had been filled with essential items, including speakers for music...


...Balkarn Brar, state president, All India Kisan Sabha (Punjab), said over 500 farmer organisations had reached Delhi's borders. "The Prime Minister says we are being misled or that we haven't understood the laws. He has been stating this for over a month now. But they have presented us with nothing but figures on how they will benefit us. Farmers are already suffering and not receiving minimum support price in UP and Bihar. The same will happen in other parts of the country too," he added.