Peaceful protests are hallmark of thriving democracy: US on farmers’ protests

The United States, on Wednesday, hinted its support to the legislation saying it welcomes steps that would improve the efficiency of India’s markets and attract more private sector investment a day after several global celebrities backed farmers protests against Centre’s agricultural laws.

The spokesperson from the US State Department said, “We recognize peaceful protests as a hallmark of thriving democracy, and the Indian Supreme Court has stated the same. US welcomes steps that would improve the efficiency of India’s markets and attract more private sector investment.”

The United States State Department spokesperson said peaceful demonstrations are a “hallmark of thriving democracy.”  the spokesperson was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. The US has also urged the Indian government to resolve differences with the protesting farmers by dialogue.

On the issue of reports of internet shutdown in areas around the protest sites at the Delhi border, the US government emphasised that unhindered access to information, including the internet, is fundamental to the freedom of expression.

Thousands of farmers, mainly from Punjab and Haryana, have been camping at Delhi borders for the past two and a half months demanding a complete rollback of the three contentious laws enacted by the government in September last year. On January 26, protesting farmers conducted a tractor rally in the national capital, which turned violent as clashes broke out between the protesters and the police.

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