Indian Farmers End Year-Long Mass Protests After Government Accepts Additional Demands

Indian farmers have formally ended a year of mass protests on Dec. 9, a week after the government cancelled controversial agricultural reforms.

Farmer representatives said they have now agreed to call of the protests after the government accepted their additional demands, including guaranteed prices for their produce, compensation for the families of the farmers who died during the protests, and withdrawal of criminal charges against protesting farmers.

The farmers said they would begin returning to their homes from Dec. 11, BBC reported.

Thousands of farmers had camped at the outskirts of New Delhi since last year to campaign against the three agricultural laws that they said would leave them vulnerable to big businesses and destroy their livelihoods.

The laws, which passed in September 2020, loosened the rules on sale, pricing, and storage of farm produce.

After the parliament passed a bill to officially cancel the reforms on Nov. 30, farmers continued to protest in smaller numbers for their additional demands.

Farmer leader Gurnam Singh Charuni told local media that they will hold a review meeting on Jan. 15 and would resume protests if the government does not fulfill its promises.

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