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Protesting Farmers Pack India’s Mumbai over Failed Government Debt Pledges

MUMBAI – Tens of thousands of Indian farmers marched on Mumbai on Monday calling on the local government in Maharashtra state to fulfill its pledges on agriculture benefits and loans.

The so-called Long March, organized by AIKS – the peasants’ front of the Communist Party of India – saw some 30,000 protesters embark on foot from Nasilk to Mumbai, a 200 kilometers (124 miles) journey that took five days and culminated with a mass gathering at Azad Maidan, a large recreational area in the south of the city.

Secretary-General of the Communist Party Sitaram Yechury gave an address to the crowds and later wrote on Twitter: “Now, if the farmers’ demands are not conceded, they will shake up the state and the centre; remove the government and install a government of their choice which will stand by the farmers’ cause.”

Farmers in Maharashtra state have complained that local government promises in 2017 to waiver farmer’s loans in a bid to alleviate poverty have yet to come into effect.

 

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