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Updated on: Wednesday, June 09, 2021, 11:12 AM IST

'Over 500 lives lost...': Protesting farmers mark grim milestone; Rahul Gandhi tweets his support

Farmers sitting at Tikri Border, during a nationwide strike against the newly passed farm bills in New Delhi. | ANI

Farmers sitting at Tikri Border, during a nationwide strike against the newly passed farm bills in New Delhi. | ANI

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For over six months now, hundreds of farmers have remained camped at Delhi's borders, protesting against three contentious farm laws. Multiple rounds of meetings with the Centre had failed to resolve the deadlock, and it remains unclear just how long the agitation will last. Since November 26, 2020, the protestors have braved heat, cold and the COVID-19 pandemic to make their points heard, suffering many casualties along the way.

"Over 500 innocents lost their lives just to get back the deserving rights. Still Modi government is not paying heed to their one and only demand - repeal farm laws. More than six months since the fight started," the Kisan Ekta Morcha tweeted on Wednesday morning.

Sharing photos of several individuals in a collage, the official Twitter handle of the protests hit out at the BJP-led administration, insisting that farmers were "still standing strong till the win".

With nearly 80 thousand tweets at the time of writing this article, the hashtag "500 Deaths At Farmers Protest" has remained a top trend on Twitter since early on Wednesday morning.

"Khet-desh kee raksha mein, til-til mare hain kisaan, par na dare hain kisaan, aaj bhee khare hain kisaan," tweeted Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. Roughly translated this means that while farmers have died in defence of their farm and country, they remain unafraid and continue to remain true to their stance.

Earlier, at the end of May protesting farmers in and around Delhi had observed a black day to commemorate six months of the protests. Visuals from may 26 had shown men and women waving black flags amid heavy security deployment. Photos shared by the Kisan Ekta Morcha also showed farmers from various parts of the country sporting black bands and scarves even as they went about their daily lives.

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Published on: Wednesday, June 09, 2021, 11:12 AM IST
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