US pop superstar tweets solidarity with months of protests against new farm laws, followed by climate activist Greta Thunberg

Rihanna, the US pop superstar, sparked a flutter in India by plunging into months of peasant protests against new farm laws passed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government

Tens of thousands of young and old farmers have blocked the roads leading to New Delhi and protected themselves from the cold in tractors for more than two months to call for the repeal of three laws that farmers say the farmers said were passed last September that they will destroy their livelihoods by bringing India’s vast agricultural sector under corporate control

A tractor rally by farmers last week in New Delhi turned violent, killing one and wounding hundreds, including police officers

The police responded by closing the internet, digging trenches, driving nails in streets and covering barricades with barbed wire to prevent farmers from re-entering the capital

“Why don’t we talk about it ?!” Rihanna said in a Twitter post, sharing an article on a CNN network about the demonstrations with their 1009 million followers on the platform with the hashtag #FarmersProtest

It wasn’t immediately clear what prompted Rihanna, whose songs are doing well in India, to suddenly tweet about the subject

A few hours after Rihanna’s tweet, Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg published the same CNN article expressing solidarity with India’s protesting peasants

“We stand in solidarity with the #FarmersProtest in India”, Thunberg tweeted about her 46 million followers

Human Rights Watch also tweeted Rihanna, saying Prime Minister Modi’s administration was “presiding over a dangerous regression on free speech to pursue its nationalist agenda for Hindus”

“In Modis India, increasingly independent institutions, including investigators, prosecutors and courts that should defend their rights impartially, are instead protecting government supporters and targeting their critics,” the rights group said in a statement on Tuesday

“Indian authorities should release activists and other persons who are already detained or prosecuted in politically motivated cases and not add them to this list” ~ @ mg2411 https: // tco / OyiTBUjNz2 #FarmersProtest https: // tco / 4hRqEISrML

Also to tweet her solidarity with the protesting Indian farmers was American lawyer and writer Meena Harris, who is also the niece of US Vice President Kamala Harris

“It is no coincidence that the oldest democracy in the world was attacked just a month ago, and as we speak the most populous democracy is under attack. This is related We should all be outraged by India’s internet shutdowns and paramilitary violence against peasant protesters “, The 36-year-old tweeted with a photo of demonstrators

It is no coincidence that the oldest democracy in the world was attacked just a month ago, and as we speak, the most populous democracy is under attack, this is related We should all be outraged by India’s internet shutdowns and paramilitary violence against peasant protesters https: // tco / yIvCWYQDD1 BildTwittercom / DxWWhkemxW

When Rihanna was trending on Twitter in India, a Mumbai-based actress who supports India’s ruling nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) hit the US singer

“Nobody talks about it because they are not farmers but terrorists trying to split India “Kangana Ranaut told her three million followers on the same platform

The month-long protests are led by Sikh farmers in turbans from the wheat and rice-growing state of Punjab in northern India

The close community that is spread around the world has also organized protests in Australia, the UK and the US

Sikh Coalition, a New York-based rights group, thanked Rihanna for bringing the issue to the international spotlight

“For over a week the Indian government has been suspending Internet services around # FarmersProtest websites in order to clearly violate freedom of expression,” it says on Twitter

Opposition parties avoid the opening day of the parliamentary budget session as farmers continue to protest against new agricultural laws

Al Jazeera visits the village in the state at the forefront of the two-month-old excitement to see an organized network of volunteers

Thousands of farmers break barricades to enter New Delhi while India holds a military parade to mark Republic Day

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