Farmers protesting against the new agriculture laws on Thursday came together to boost their voices against the recent price hike of fuel and vegetable oil, demanding that the rates be halved with immediate effect.
The two-hour-long protest from 10 am to 12 noon, led by the Samyukt Kisan Morcha, saw farmers in several parts of the country gather on the edges of national and state highways alongside their vehicles, to draw the government’s attention towards their plight following the fuel price hike. “Today, farmers protested against the high fuel prices. we would like them to be halved immediately. Protestors brought their motorcycles, cars, tractors, and other vehicles and held sit-in protests,” Another farmer leader Avtar Singh Mehma said protests were held not just at the Delhi borders where the farmers’ protest against the three farm laws is underway, but across several state and national highways within the country.
“However, it had been ensured that the protests didn’t block traffic on these roads. Housewives also came call at large numbers to participate within the agitation with empty gas cylinders,” Mehma said.
Farmers also observed ‘horn Baja diwas’ during which they honked their vehicles for five minutes to draw the eye of the govt, which, consistent with them, has not been taking note of them despite their continued agitation for over seven months.