New Delhi: The protest and agitation against the farm laws completed six months on Wednesday as the farmer across the country marked it as ‘Black Day of Farmers’. The protest which started on December 26 last year, went on to become a clash between farmers and Delhi Police on the Republic Day this year. There were huge clashes taking place on the roads of National Capital.
Some farmers even entered the Red Fort to hoist the ‘Khalsa Flag’ which started a long controversy. Since then, the movement lost its support as some believed that the violence was wrong. The media coverage also reduced significantly but the farmers stood their ground as they are still living on the borders of the Delhi demanding a withdrawal of the farm laws by the Central govt.
Thousands of people in Punjab hoisted black flags in their homes to mark this day.
Security has been tightened at Delhi’s Singhu border as protest commence don Wednesday to mark the six months of farmers’ protests against Central agriculture laws.
People were seen gathered in the morning at the border area to protest against the three farm laws that were enacted in September 2020.
The protest comes even as Punjab, Haryana and Delhi are observing a lockdown due to the prevailing Covid-19 situation.
“Protests will be done peacefully. We are following the Covid-19 protocols. Not many are expected to come here. People are putting up black flags wherever possible to mark the protests,” Tikait told ANI. The farmer union leader said that they were protesting because the Centre was not listening to them. “It has been 6 months now, but the Centre is not listening to us. So, farmers are putting up black flags”, he said.
“We will continue the farmer protests till the time Centre repeals the farm laws. We had planned to protest by putting tri-colour flags. However, the authorities had objections to it and hence, we decided to mark this protest by hoisting black flags”, said Tikait.
With security intensified at Singhu border, Tikait said people were expressing their support to the farmers by hoisting black flags at their homes, on their tractors or other vehicles.