Demonstration held in Toronto to support Indian farmers protesting new farm laws

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Protesters gathered in Toronto on Saturday to support Indian farmers protesting the country’s new farm laws.

Images posted on social media showed parts of Bloor Street filled with vehicles as protesters gathered outside the Indian Consulate near Bloor and Sherbourne Streets.

“Protests are taking place all over India. The majority of them are taking place in central Delhi and we are here today to support them, ”said organizer Nanki Kaur.

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Three agricultural laws passed in September allow farmers to sell their crops directly to private buyers rather than to the Indian government at a regulated price.

The Indian government argues that it gives more freedoms to farmers, but farmers fear that companies could exploit them because they argue that the new legislation does not have safeguards in place to protect them.

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“So basically the minimum price that farmers should get for their crops, they’re not going to get anymore,” Kaur said.

“It would be as if the workers here no longer had a minimum wage. That is why we are protesting here today. “


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Kaur said she hopes protests across Canada and around the world will lead to change in India.

“I think this will put pressure on the Indian authorities to rethink these bills and hopefully in the best interests of removing them,” she said.

Toronto police tweeted about the protest shortly after 1:30 p.m. Saturday and said there were reports of protesters in cars moving through the city.

The tweet said officers were at the scene and advised drivers to take alternate routes.

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– With files from Kamil Karamali

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