Eastern Times: December 5, 2020, New Delhi: The world seems to be taking note of the farmers’ protests around Delhi, as the United Nations on Friday commented on it, barely days after the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau remarked on the growing agitation.
People have a right to demonstrate peacefully and authorities should let them do so, spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said on the farmers’ protests in India.
India has called the remarks by foreign leaders on protests by farmers as “ill-informed” and “unwarranted” as the matter pertained to the internal affairs of a democratic country.
“As to the question of India, what I would say to you is what I’ve said to others when raising these issues is that people have a right to demonstrate peacefully, and authorities need to let them do so,” Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the Secretary-General, said on Friday. Dujarric was responding to a question on the farmers’ protest in India.
Reacting to the comments by the foreign leaders, external affairs ministry spokesperson had Anurag Srivastava said, “We have seen some ill-informed comments…relating to farmers in India. Such comments are unwarranted, especially when pertaining to the internal affairs of a democratic country.”
In a terse message, the ministry further added that “it is also best that diplomatic conversations are not misrepresented for political purposes.”
On Friday, India summoned Canadian High Commissioner and told him that the comments made by Prime Minister Trudeau and others in his Cabinet on the farmers’ protest constituted an “unacceptable interference” in the country’s internal affairs and these actions, if continued, will have a “seriously damaging” impact on the bilateral ties.