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Indian Farmers Escalate Protests After Death of Young Farmworker, Social Media Censorship

HeadlineFeb 23, 2024

In India, protesting farmers are observing a “Black Day” today following the recent death of a young farmer after police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse demonstrations. Farmer unions are calling on all Indians to hang black flags from their homes and cars to express their anger and solidarity with the farmworkers, who have been marching toward New Delhi to demand fair prices for their crops. Protesters vowed to continue.

Amandeep Kaur: “If we don’t get the minimum support price, then we might die here facing bullets, or we’ll die back home due to poverty. So it is better that we stay here fighting for our rights.”

Earlier this week, the social media platform X admitted it took down a number of accounts and posts related to the farmworker movement, following an order by the Indian government.

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