14 Feb 2024

Farmers' Protest: Samyukta Kisan Morcha condemns use of drones to deploy tear gas shells, makes this appeal to PM Modi

The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) has strongly criticized the Central Government for employing what it deems as an excessive use of state power and mass arrests to thwart the Delhi Chalo March organized by farmers' groups on Tuesday.

In an official statement, the SKM expressed shock over the administration's use of drones to deploy tear gas shells against the protesting farmers. The organization has called upon all its member groups and their units across India to vehemently protest the assault on farmers in Punjab on February 16, urging them to stage a widespread Grameen Bandh and Industrial/Sectoral Strike throughout the country, making it even more extensive and impactful.

The SKM emphasized that deploying police and armed forces against the peaceful farmers' movement indicates a loss of confidence in the government by the people. In a democratic society, every citizen has the right to peaceful protest, and the government has the responsibility to address the concrete demands of various sections of the population to safeguard their livelihoods.

Highlighting the unfulfilled promise of MSP  made by the BJP and the current Prime Minister in the 2014 election manifesto, the SKM stressed that even after a decade, the commitment remains unimplemented. The organization cautioned the Centre against labeling those raising genuine demands on the streets as enemies of the government or the nation.

Appeal to PM

In a letter addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the SKM has urged the immediate withdrawal of forces and the protection of farmers' rights to organize the Delhi Chalo protest. Additionally, they called for the resolution of farmers' and workers' struggles through constructive discussions. The SKM has also appealed to like-minded organizations to unite and build a collective issue-based struggle on common demands.

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