US pop famous person tweets solidarity with months-long protests in opposition to new farm legal guidelines, adopted by local weather activist Greta Thunberg.
Rihanna, the pop famous person from the USA, has created a flutter in India by wading into months-long farmer protests in opposition to new farm legal guidelines handed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s authorities.
Tens of 1000’s of younger and outdated farmers have blocked roads main into New Delhi for greater than two months, sheltering in tractors from the chilly, to demand the repeal of three legal guidelines handed in September final 12 months, which farmers say will destroy their livelihoods by bringing India’s huge agricultural sector below company management.
A tractor rally by farmers final week in New Delhi turned violent, killing one and wounding a whole lot, together with law enforcement officials.
Police responded by shutting down the web, digging ditches, driving nails into roads and topping barricades with razor wire to forestall farmers from coming into the capital once more.
— Rihanna (@rihanna) February 2, 2021
“Why aren’t we speaking about this?!” Rihanna mentioned in a Twitter put up, sharing a CNN community article on the demonstrations along with her 100.9 million followers on the platform, utilizing the hashtag #FarmersProtest.
It was not instantly clear what led Rihanna, whose songs have accomplished effectively in India, to all of the sudden tweet on the topic.
A few hours after Rihanna’s tweet, Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg additionally posted the identical CNN article, expressing solidarity with India’s protesting farmers.
“We stand in solidarity with the #FarmersProtest in India,” Thunberg tweeted to her four.6 million followers.
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) February 2, 2021
As Rihanna trended on Twitter in India, a Mumbai-based actress who backs India’s ruling nationalist Bharatiya Janata Get together (BJP) lashed out on the US singer.
“Nobody is speaking about it as a result of they aren’t farmers, they’re terrorists who’re making an attempt to divide India …” Kangana Ranaut advised her three million followers on the identical platform.
The months-long protests are led by turban-wearing Sikh farmers from the wheat and rice-growing state of Punjab in India’s north.
The close-knit group, which is unfold world wide, has additionally organised protests in Australia, Britain and the US.
Sikh Coalition, a New York-based rights group, thanked Rihanna for casting extra worldwide highlight on the topic.
“For over every week, the Indian authorities has been suspending web providers round #FarmersProtest websites in a transparent affront to the liberty of speech,” it mentioned on Twitter.