Seattle stands with Sikh Americans and Indian farmers – By Jasmit Singh
For the past two weeks, Sikh Americans in at least 13 states have gathered in vehicle caravans and assembled at socially-distant rallies to protest in solidarity with a growing movement of farmers…. Seattle has seen two such recent demonstrations – while the Seattle City Council on Dec. 14 passed a resolution in support of the issue.
….on the outskirts of India’s capital city, up to 1 million farmers are protesting three laws passed unilaterally this fall by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s federal government to deregulate agriculture…. These new measures will gradually remove the minimum support price for the farmers;… and allow huge corporations to take control of the agricultural industry at the expense of individual farmers….
The right to peacefully protest and dissent is a fundamental democratic principle that we all hold dear. Repression of the right to protest anywhere cannot be condoned. It is time for the United States to stand unequivocally with those who demonstrate peacefully against their governments, whether that happens at home or abroad….