'No Farmers, No Food': Nationwide Strike Cripples India

Published December 9th, 2020 - 08:42 GMT

Tens of thousands of Indian farmers started a 12-hour general strike, shutting down shops, transportations, and markets, across the country in protest against the government latest reforms, laws.

The strike was decided after failed talks between government and farmers for 5 days as the former refused offer to amend contentious provisions of the new farm laws, which deregulate crop pricing.

Farmers on the other hand, have stuck to their demand for total repeal. They chanted slogans such as "Long live farmers unity" and carried banners with some reading "No farmers, no food."

Moreover, in Singhu, farmers have also blocked highways, demonstrators burned an effigy on which the names of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and some Indian corporate leaders while chanting slogans including "Modi has died!"

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Bharatiya Janata Party supporters block a road during a 12-hour general strike in North Bengal called by BJP to protest against the West Bengal state government in Siliguri on December 8, 2020. Diptendu DUTTA / AFP

Bharatiya Janata Party supporters block a road during a 12-hour general strike in North Bengal called by BJP to protest against the West Bengal state government in Siliguri on December 8, 2020. Diptendu DUTTA / AFP

Congress activists hold placards next to a burning an effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi while blocking a road during a protest in support of the nationwide general strike called by farmers against the recent agricultural reforms in Kolkata on December 8, 2020. Dibyangshu SARKAR / AFP

Congress activists hold placards next to a burning an effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi while blocking a road during a protest in support of the nationwide general strike called by farmers against the recent agricultural reforms in Kolkata on December 8, 2020. Dibyangshu SARKAR / AFP

Members of All India lawyers union scuffle with police during a protest in support of the nationwide general strike called by farmers against the recent agricultural reforms in Allahabad on December 8, 2020. SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP

Members of All India lawyers union scuffle with police during a protest in support of the nationwide general strike called by farmers against the recent agricultural reforms in Allahabad on December 8, 2020. SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP

Members of All India lawyers union Acts march along a street during a protest in support of the nationwide general strike called by farmers against the recent agricultural reforms in Allahabad on December 8, 2020. SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP

Members of All India lawyers union Acts march along a street during a protest in support of the nationwide general strike called by farmers against the recent agricultural reforms in Allahabad on December 8, 2020. SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP

Policemen detain a student leader during a protest in support of the nationwide general strike called by farmers against the recent agricultural reforms in Allahabad on December 8, 2020. SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP

Policemen detain a student leader during a protest in support of the nationwide general strike called by farmers against the recent agricultural reforms in Allahabad on December 8, 2020. SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP

Members of All India lawyers union prepare to burn a copy of the Farmers Acts during a protest in support of the nationwide general strike called by farmers against the recent agricultural reforms in Allahabad on December 8, 2020.  SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP

Members of All India lawyers union prepare to burn a copy of the Farmers Acts during a protest in support of the nationwide general strike called by farmers against the recent agricultural reforms in Allahabad on December 8, 2020. SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP

Members of All India lawyers union scuffle with police during a protest in support of the nationwide general strike called by farmers against the recent agricultural reforms in Allahabad on December 8, 2020. SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP

Members of All India lawyers union scuffle with police during a protest in support of the nationwide general strike called by farmers against the recent agricultural reforms in Allahabad on December 8, 2020. SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP

Protesters holding posters argue with policemen while blocking a highway during a nationwide general strike called by farmers to protest against the recent agricultural reforms in Mumbai on December 8, 2020. Indranil MUKHERJEE / AFP

Protesters holding posters argue with policemen while blocking a highway during a nationwide general strike called by farmers to protest against the recent agricultural reforms in Mumbai on December 8, 2020. Indranil MUKHERJEE / AFP

An activist of Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) stops a bus as he blocks a road during a rally to support nationwide general strike called by farmers to protest against the recent agricultural reforms in Siliguri on December 8, 2020. Diptendu DUTTA / AFP

An activist of Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) stops a bus as he blocks a road during a rally to support nationwide general strike called by farmers to protest against the recent agricultural reforms in Siliguri on December 8, 2020. Diptendu DUTTA / AFP

Bharatiya Janata Party supporters block a road during a 12-hour general strike in North Bengal called by BJP to protest against the West Bengal state government in Siliguri on December 8, 2020. Diptendu DUTTA / AFP
Congress activists hold placards next to a burning an effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi while blocking a road during a protest in support of the nationwide general strike called by farmers against the recent agricultural reforms in Kolkata on December 8, 2020. Dibyangshu SARKAR / AFP
Members of All India lawyers union scuffle with police during a protest in support of the nationwide general strike called by farmers against the recent agricultural reforms in Allahabad on December 8, 2020. SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP
Members of All India lawyers union Acts march along a street during a protest in support of the nationwide general strike called by farmers against the recent agricultural reforms in Allahabad on December 8, 2020. SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP
Policemen detain a student leader during a protest in support of the nationwide general strike called by farmers against the recent agricultural reforms in Allahabad on December 8, 2020. SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP
Members of All India lawyers union prepare to burn a copy of the Farmers Acts during a protest in support of the nationwide general strike called by farmers against the recent agricultural reforms in Allahabad on December 8, 2020.  SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP
Members of All India lawyers union scuffle with police during a protest in support of the nationwide general strike called by farmers against the recent agricultural reforms in Allahabad on December 8, 2020. SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP
Protesters holding posters argue with policemen while blocking a highway during a nationwide general strike called by farmers to protest against the recent agricultural reforms in Mumbai on December 8, 2020. Indranil MUKHERJEE / AFP
An activist of Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) stops a bus as he blocks a road during a rally to support nationwide general strike called by farmers to protest against the recent agricultural reforms in Siliguri on December 8, 2020. Diptendu DUTTA / AFP
Bharatiya Janata Party supporters block a road during a 12-hour general strike in North Bengal called by BJP to protest against the West Bengal state government in Siliguri on December 8, 2020. Diptendu DUTTA / AFP
Bharatiya Janata Party supporters block a road during a 12-hour general strike in North Bengal called by BJP to protest against the West Bengal state government in Siliguri on December 8, 2020. Diptendu DUTTA / AFP
Congress activists hold placards next to a burning an effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi while blocking a road during a protest in support of the nationwide general strike called by farmers against the recent agricultural reforms in Kolkata on December 8, 2020. Dibyangshu SARKAR / AFP
Congress activists hold placards next to a burning an effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi while blocking a road during a protest in support of the nationwide general strike called by farmers against the recent agricultural reforms in Kolkata on December 8, 2020. Dibyangshu SARKAR / AFP
Members of All India lawyers union scuffle with police during a protest in support of the nationwide general strike called by farmers against the recent agricultural reforms in Allahabad on December 8, 2020. SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP
Members of All India lawyers union scuffle with police during a protest in support of the nationwide general strike called by farmers against the recent agricultural reforms in Allahabad on December 8, 2020. SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP
Members of All India lawyers union Acts march along a street during a protest in support of the nationwide general strike called by farmers against the recent agricultural reforms in Allahabad on December 8, 2020. SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP
Members of All India lawyers union Acts march along a street during a protest in support of the nationwide general strike called by farmers against the recent agricultural reforms in Allahabad on December 8, 2020. SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP
Policemen detain a student leader during a protest in support of the nationwide general strike called by farmers against the recent agricultural reforms in Allahabad on December 8, 2020. SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP
Policemen detain a student leader during a protest in support of the nationwide general strike called by farmers against the recent agricultural reforms in Allahabad on December 8, 2020. SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP
Members of All India lawyers union prepare to burn a copy of the Farmers Acts during a protest in support of the nationwide general strike called by farmers against the recent agricultural reforms in Allahabad on December 8, 2020.  SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP
Members of All India lawyers union prepare to burn a copy of the Farmers Acts during a protest in support of the nationwide general strike called by farmers against the recent agricultural reforms in Allahabad on December 8, 2020. SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP
Members of All India lawyers union scuffle with police during a protest in support of the nationwide general strike called by farmers against the recent agricultural reforms in Allahabad on December 8, 2020. SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP
Members of All India lawyers union scuffle with police during a protest in support of the nationwide general strike called by farmers against the recent agricultural reforms in Allahabad on December 8, 2020. SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP
Protesters holding posters argue with policemen while blocking a highway during a nationwide general strike called by farmers to protest against the recent agricultural reforms in Mumbai on December 8, 2020. Indranil MUKHERJEE / AFP
Protesters holding posters argue with policemen while blocking a highway during a nationwide general strike called by farmers to protest against the recent agricultural reforms in Mumbai on December 8, 2020. Indranil MUKHERJEE / AFP
An activist of Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) stops a bus as he blocks a road during a rally to support nationwide general strike called by farmers to protest against the recent agricultural reforms in Siliguri on December 8, 2020. Diptendu DUTTA / AFP
An activist of Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) stops a bus as he blocks a road during a rally to support nationwide general strike called by farmers to protest against the recent agricultural reforms in Siliguri on December 8, 2020. Diptendu DUTTA / AFP