27 May 1999
Protesting farmers denied entry to UK

MORE than 70 Indian peasant farmers and social activists on a protest tour around Europe claim to have been refused entry to Britain.

The farmers are demonstrating about the global trading system which, they claim, favours producers in the northern hemisphere at the expense of those in the south.

Only 37 farmers out of the 120 protesters due to come to Britain as part of the “Intercontinental Caravan” protest have been given visas.

The caravan is a month-long tour of Europe by more than 500 people from developing countries.

The group that has been allowed entry intends to spend three days holding public meetings and visiting the offices of multinationals and the Bank of England.