Sikhs hold big rally outside Indian consulate in New York in support of protesting farmers in India
NEW YORK, Dec 03 (APP): Hundreds of American-Sikhs staged a demonstration outside the Indian Consulate General in New York on Tuesday to express their support for the farmers in India protesting against new farm laws.
Images from the protest site show large number of people, mostly Sikhs, raising anti-Modi slogans and holding placards that read, “We support farmers”.
Jhool de Kesri Nishan Rehe! Respect to all the Sikhs and Punjabis across New York who protested outside the Indian Embassy in NYC in support of the Farmers Protests. #Isupporfarmers #FarmerProtest pic.twitter.com/LRHtFrxWEM
— Sikh Federation UK (@SikhFedUK) December 2, 2020
Over the last six days, thousands of farmers have blocked the entrance points leading to the Indian capital to vent their anger against the new legislation sponsored by the right-wing government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that they say will curb their earnings and benefit big corporations.
In New York, police took strict measures as the protestors denounced the Indian government, with some of them raising “Khalistan Zinda Bad” slogans. Sikhs also held car rallies in other parts of the City.
Meanwhile, the General Counsel of the U.S.-based Sikhs for Justice (SfJ), Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, said in a statement that the New York rally was the start of a series of pro-farmer and pro-independence rallies outside Indian missions across North America and Europe.
Protest against Farm bill in front of Indian Embassy in New York .
✊ #IStandWithIndianFarmers#FarmersProtest #Tractor2Twitter #SpeakUpForFarmers #किसान_एकता_जिंदाबाद #ModiHaiToManipulationHai #amitmalviya #ManipulatedMedia #farmersagitation #BycottAdaniAmbani pic.twitter.com/ul0LsfmmMW
— Rohit Singh Rautwar (@RohitRautwar) December 2, 2020
The group has already announced one million US dollars in aid for Punjabi farmers who suffered injuries or damage to their vehicles in clashes with police as they marched into New Delhi to protest against new farm laws.
SfJ said it will open 24 -hour call centers on Nov. 30 in the United States, Canada, UK, France & Germany to take online applications from farmers of Punjab and Haryana to reimburse them for their losses and also to register votes for the “Khalistan Referendum” that it plans to hold in August.
Punjab is often called the breadbasket of India with farmers the backbone of the economy. The scenes we have seen in recent days have been shocking. I have joined with Tan to write to Dominic Raab to seek a meeting & for Britain to raise this stongly with the Indian authorities. https://t.co/uTe1mJ5Qmg
— Seema Malhotra (@SeemaMalhotra1) December 2, 2020