The ‘Delhi Chalo’ protest reached its 73rd day on February 6, 2021. Farmer unions from various states are protesting against the three farm laws regulated by the central government. On Saturday, the 6th of February, the farmers gear up for a nationwide roadblock or ‘Chakka Jam’ to protest against the internet ban. Under this protest, they will block the roads of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, and Delhi-NCR.
Will It Be A Peaceful Protest?
The protesters assured the Delhi government that they would cause no harm to the capital city. Also, the farmers will not stop emergency services such as ambulance and school buses.
The roadblock will take place for around three hours according to the scheduled timings, i.e., 12 noon to 3 pm. All the roads except the farmer protest sites in Delhi will remain open.
Hundreds of farmers from various states, including Punjab and Haryana, participate in the protest along Delhi borders that started on November 26. The farmers want a complete withdrawal of the new farm laws and demand a Minimum Support Price (MSP) for their crops. Multiple meetings have already been done between the center and farmers regarding the same.
The Response of the Central Government
Earlier, the supreme ordered a stay on the implementation of farm laws to end the protest. Farmer unions have also refused the centre’s proposal to suspend these laws’ implementation for the next 18 months.
However, on republic day, the peaceful protest turned into a violent protest when some farmers clashed with the security officials and entered the red fort.
Many protestors and police officers were injured in this clash. After the hits, there was a restriction of internet services in many districts of Haryana.
Security at Protest Sites
There has been an increase in the security at the farmers’ protest sites such as Singh, Tikri, and Ghazipur borders. The officials regularly monitor social media to discover people who are spreading wrong information against the government and the police.