Saturday, December 5, 2020

Protesters blocked traffic on San Francisco's Bay Bridge to support farmers in India

"Posts on social media show the protesters, traveling in a car caravan from around the region, are demanding support for Indian farmers who are on strike."

The BBC from a few days ago:

Tens of thousands of farmers like Mr Vyas from the neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana are now in a grinding standoff with Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party-led government, demanding the repeal of three market-friendly laws. Taken together, the contentious reforms will loosen rules around the sale, pricing and storage of farm produce - rules that have protected India's farmers from an unfettered free market for decades.


Farmers have been on the boil in India for some years now. More than half of Indians work on farms, but farming accounts for barely a sixth of the country's GDP. Declining productivity and lack of modernisation have long hobbled progress. Plot sizes are shrinking, as are incomes from farming. Prices can be wildly erratic and middlemen form cartels and gobble up much of the profits. "The anger over injustice to farmers was brewing. Now it's getting channelised through this protest against the new laws," Mr Sharma says.