Indian police use tear gas on farmers protesting crop prices

Indian police deployed tear gas on Wednesday, Feb. 14, against farmers marching to New Delhi in protest of crop prices.

The farmers, who had loaded trucks and trolleys with supplies, started their march towards Delhi on Tuesday, following unsuccessful talks between their unions and the government regarding minimum prices for various crops.

Security forces halted the protesters at the Shambhu border, between the northern states of Punjab and Haryana, nearly 200 kilometers (125 miles) from Delhi. Authorities have now banned large gatherings in the capital and blocked major routes from Punjab.

The farmers argue that the government hasn’t honored its 2021 commitment to higher crop payments. A year-long protest in 2021 by this influential voting group led Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to retract some farm laws and pledge measures to ensure support prices for all agricultural products.