Over 1,500 cars participate in Toronto rally to support Indian farmers (PHOTOS)

Dec 6 2020, 11:34 am

Thousands of people drove from Brampton to Toronto yesterday in support of farmers protesting in India.

Organizer Mansi Kaur said over 1,500 vehicles and tens of thousands of people took part in the Kissan Dharna Car Rally, which travelled from Bramalea GO Station to the Indian General Consulate in Toronto.

Kaur and co-organizer Tejpal Singh called the turn out “overwhelming,” and said that only 500 to 600 cars were expected.

The rally was organized to stand in solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of farmers protesting agricultural reforms brought upon by the Indian government.

In India, farmers from the northern Punjab and Haryana states are marching thousands of kilometres to New Delhi, protesting three government agriculture laws passed in mid-September by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government.

“Our aim was to send a message to the Indian consulate that we support our farmers protesting the bills,” said Kaur. “We are in solidarity with them, and will always be standing right behind them.”

The rally is one of many that has taken place across Canada in recent weeks.

Kaur thanked Peel Police, Toronto Police, and the OPP for their support throughout the protest.

The event page asked that if people chose to leave their vehicles that they wear a face mask and maintain physical distancing.

“It was truly amazing to see the turnout. [It] definitely shows how many people are passionate for this cause and deeply care,” said Kaur. “We stood strong and united.”

 

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