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Indian Police Detain Protesters Amid Strike Led by Farmers

Indian farmers called for a nationwide strike on December 8 in protest of controversial new farming laws, local media reported. The strike was supported by several trade unions and 15 opposition parties, the Indian Express reported. The four-hour strike would impact public transport, rail travel, markets, and restaurants, according to Business Today. Thousands of protesters gathered at Delhi’s Singhu border to support farmers who have been camped there in protest for over a week, Media India Group reported. The reforms would allow farmers to sell products to private businesses directly, rather than to the government at assured wholesale prices, the BBC reported. Gurnam Singh Charuni, one of the movement’s leaders, told the BBC, “We don’t trust big business. Free markets work in countries with less corruption and more regulation. It can’t work for us here.” This footage was shared by local news page Gwalior Breaking, and shows police detaining protesters in the city. Credit: Gwalior Breaking via Storyful


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