Thousands of Indian farmers return to New Delhi for more protests

More than eight months after farmers called off a year-long protest and the government gave in to several of their demands, more than 5,000 farmers gathered in the center of the capital to protest against Modi and his government.

Farmers are demanding that the government guarantee a minimum support price for all produce and pay off all farm debt, among other things, according to a statement from Samyukta Kisan Morcha, a farmers’ organization that organized Monday’s protest.

A spokesman for the Federal Ministry of Agriculture did not respond to a request for comment.

Protesters waved banners and flags and broke through barriers as they marched towards the venue, chanting anti-Modi slogans.

Last November, Modi said he would repeal three farm laws that were intended to deregulate agricultural markets but that farmers say would allow corporations to exploit them.

The federal government also agreed to set up a group of producers and government officials to look for ways to enforce minimum support prices (MSPs), so-called guaranteed rates, for all agricultural products.

Last month, the federal government created a commission and invited representatives of farmers’ organizations to join it.

Security on the borders of the national capital has been stepped up and police presence in and around the protest area has been increased.

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