Hundreds of thousands of peasants have blocked the access roads to the Indian capital New Delhi for 17 consecutive days, to protest against the new agricultural laws.

India: farmers in revolt

For several weeks, Indian farmers have denounced the liberal policy which could lower the purchase price of their food. Massed at the gates of the Indian capital, the procession stretches for kilometers. From their countryside, these farmers took their tractors and their animals with them, determined to block this access route for as long as necessary. Everyone here is opposed to new laws that liberalize the agricultural market.

“I will not leave”

“This is my trailer and it has become my home”, says a farmer. He refuses to leave the premises, and intends to take the seat in his truck. “If it takes five or six months, I won’t go.” In India, merchants sell their products in state markets at fixed prices. With the new reforms, they will be able to offer their products to private companies, but fear a drop in the purchase price under pressure from large groups.