In photos: Tractor rally against farm reform in India

Farmers in India held a mass tractor rally in protest against three farm laws they say will lead to lower farmgate prices.

Talks between the government and protesting farmers have failed to resolve a long-running impasse over the laws, which aim to liberalise the agricultural sector.

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Indian protestors

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Kisan groups protesting in Delhi for almost two months say the laws will dismantle India’s minimum price system.

Protestors in vehicles

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Tens of thousands of farmers attended the tractor rally on India’s Republic Day (26 January).

Protestors in tractors

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The protestors say the laws will benefit big corporations at the expense of small family farmers, who already find it hard to make a living.

Protestors being teargassed

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The tractor rally and previous demonstrations have seen clashes between police and protestors.

Protestors on temple roof

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Tempers flared as a group descended on Delhi’s historic Red Fort, where India’s national flag was hoisted a day after independence from Britain was declared in 1947.

Overturned tractor

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One man died when his tractor overturned. More than 80 police were injured as they tried to reclaim the streets.

Indian farm protestors

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Farm leaders condemned the violence, blaming it on a small minority in an otherwise peaceful event.

Protestors on tractors

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It is one of the longest farmer-led protests India has seen.


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In the UK, more than 100 MPs have signed a cross-party letter calling on prime minister Boris Johnson to press his Indian counterpart for a speedy and peaceful resolution to the situation.

Slough MP Tan Dhesi said the protests had touched many people around the globe, including the Indian and Punjabi community in his constituency.