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Farmers occupy Delhi's border, turn it into their home

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November 30, 2020 14:23 IST
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On September 17, 2011, New York City's Zuccotti Park became the first site of the Occupy protests where protesters rejected existing political institutions and attempted to create alternative ones through direct action and direct democracy.

Nine years later, India’s capital -- New Delhi -- is witnessing farmers from Punjab and Haryana sitting in at the Singhu and Tikri border points for the past five days, braving water cannons, tear gas and the biting cold.

 

Their reason to protest – the Centre’s new farm laws. Here's what it looks like.

Farmers read newspapers at Singhu border during their ongoing Delhi Chalo protest against the Centre’s new farm laws, in New Delhi. Photograph: Atul Yadav/PTI Photo

Kulwant Singh, 70, a farmer from Punjab, manages to catch 40 winks amid the protest at Singhu border near Delhi. Photograph: Anushree Fadnavis/Reuters

Farmers rest under a truck at a site of a protest at Singhu border near Delhi. The farmers refuse to budge till their demands are met and their voices are heard by the Centre. Photograph: Anushree Fadnavis/Reuters

Farmers prepare their meal at Singhu border near Delhi. Photograph: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

Farmers prepare breakfast after arriving at Singhu border from Punjab during their Delhi Chalo protest. Photograph: Ravi Choudhary/PTI Photo

Farmers have their meal at the protest site at the Singhu border near Delhi. They say they have enough rations for two months and are ready for the long haul. Photograph: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

Farmers bathe at the Singhu border near Delhi. Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta-Ugarhan) General Secretary Sukhdev Singh Kokrikalan said they are “ready for the battle, which may last long.” Photograph: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

Farmers being transported in a tractor trolley to the site of protest at Singhu border near Delhi. Photograph: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

Farmers makes themselves at home in trucks at the Singhu border in New Delhi. Photograph: ANI Photo

A member of the Bharatiya Kisan Union distributes bananas to the paramilitary personnel deployed at the Delhi-Ghaziabad border amid the farmers' protest in New Delhi. Photograph: ANI Photo
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