Indian farmers stage second day of mass sit-ins
Morning Star 27 November 2023
MASS sit-ins continued across India today as farmers held to the second day of a 72-hour protest over food prices.
Hundreds of thousands joined the rallies jointly called by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), an alliance formed by over 40 farmers’ unions that led the 13-month farmers’ uprising of 2020-21, and the Joint Platform of Central Trade Unions. Demonstrators are demanding that state governors and chief ministers visit the sit-ins to discuss their demands.
The SKM says promises made to end the 13-month “siege” of Delhi in December 2021 have been broken, both by federal and state governments. It says farmers are united behind a demand that states guarantee a price for crops of “C2+50 per cent,” with C2 being a calculation of input and land rent costs.
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