Eastern Times , New Delhi : Farmers protesting the government’s new agricultural laws on Wednesday said they have suspended plans for a march to parliament next Monday, when the country’s annual budget will be unveiled, after violence marred the massive tractor parade a day ago.
The farmers, however, placed the blame on “miscreants” and “agents” of the government for the violent clashes that erupted between farmers and authorities after some in the tractor rally strayed from agreed routes, leaving one person dead and dozens injured.
In a press statement Samyukta Kisan Morcha said, The conspiracy to defame a peaceful movement of the last 7 months, is now exposed in front of the public. Along with some individuals and organizations, like Deep Sidhu and Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee led by S Satnam Singh Pannu, the government made this movement violent.
We clarify again that we dissociate ourselves from the violent actions which took place at Red Fort and other parts of Delhi.
They said ,What was projected and witnessed by the public was orchestrated. The parade of the farmers was predominantly peaceful and on the agreed upon route.
We strongly condemn the insult of national symbols, but the farmers’ movement cannot be painted as ‘violent’ as violence was done by a few anti-social elements, who are not associated with us. Farmers on all borders reached their original place by completing their respective parades in a peaceful way by yesterday itself.
Morcha strongly condemned the police brutality unleashed on protesters. The attempts made by the government to kill this movement by using police and other agencies are exposed.
We demand immediate release of all the peaceful protesters who were arrested yesterday. We also condemn the attempts of police to damage the tractors and other vehicles in the Parade and seizure of the same.
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Morcha also demands strict action against those who have undignified and desecrated national symbols.
Farmers are the biggest nationalists and they are protectors of the good image of the nation.
Taking moral responsibility for some regrettable events yesterday, SKM announced the postponement of the Parliament March that was scheduled for February 1st. Further, on January 30th, on Gandhiji’s martyrdom day, to emphasize on peace and non violence, there will be a one day fast all over the country.
SKM appealed to the public to take up a social boycott of elements like Deep Sidhu.
Not only in Delhi, the Kisan Republic Parade proposed by the Farmers organisations was done in many states. In Bihar, farmers celebrated Republic Day at many places including Patna.
In Madhya Pradesh, the farmers celebrated this glorious day with full zeal. NAPM’s workers joined the farmer parade in Delhi on 26th January.
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A huge rally was organised in Azad Maidan of Mumbai. In Bangalore, thousands of farmers participated in Kisan Parade and it was completely peaceful. Farmers of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Hyderabad, Odisha, Bihar, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Uttar Pradesh participated in the farmers Republic Parade.
Other plans and activities will be announced in the coming days.
We want to clarify that our movement will remain peaceful. The farmers are confident and peacefully showing their disagreement with this govt. We are overwhelmed to see the love of the citizens of Delhi in the parade yesterday.