Vancouver protestors show solidarity with Indian farmers with sleep-out demonstration

Feb 28 2021, 7:54 am

Protestors in Vancouver are planning to spend a night sleeping on the city’s streets to raise awareness of ongoing demonstrations by farmers in India.

The Kisaan Sleep Out fundraiser is taking place outside the Consulate General of India from 6 am to 6 pm on February 28.

“We are advocating for the human rights of the protestors that are being violated by simulating the conditions in which they’ve lived in for one night,” organizers Navjot Mannan and Jennifer Multani said.

“This issue directly influences countless Canadian families.”

Sunday’s demonstration is intended to draw attention to the plight of farmers who have been peacefully protesting against three agricultural laws in India since November 2020.

The laws bring corporations into the country’s controlled agricultural sector, and the farmers are concerned that they will be left at the mercy of large companies, which will ultimately lead them to lose their land and livelihood.

Many of the farmers hail from the northern Punjab and Haryana states, and have spent three months in the capital of Delhi where the protests are taking place.

According to Kisaan Sleep Out organizers, the famers have been sleeping on the streets and in vehicles as their demonstration continues.

Organizers noted that they have implemented a number of health measures to keep sleep out participants safe amid COVID-19.

Attendees will be required to wear masks and stay two metres of apart from each other. Hand sanitizer and other disinfectants will also be available.

We hope that this demonstration reaches the Canadian Prime Minister, Premier John Horgan, and the Canadian representatives at the United Nations,” organizers said.

“[So they can] take action against the human rights violations orchestrated by the Indian government against peaceful protestors.”

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