Rihanna creates flutter in India with tweet on farmer protests

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US pop celebrity tweets solidarity with months-long protests towards new farm legal guidelines, adopted by local weather activist Greta Thunberg.

Rihanna, the pop celebrity from the United States, has created a flutter in India by wading into months-long farmer protests towards new farm legal guidelines handed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s authorities.

Tens of hundreds of younger and outdated farmers have blocked roads main into New Delhi for greater than two months, sheltering in tractors from the chilly, to demand the repeal of three legal guidelines handed in September final 12 months, which farmers say will destroy their livelihoods by bringing India’s huge agricultural sector below company management.

A tractor rally by farmers final week in New Delhi turned violent, killing one and wounding a whole lot, together with law enforcement officials.

Police responded by shutting down the web, digging ditches, driving nails into roads and topping barricades with razor wire to forestall farmers from getting into the capital once more.

“Why aren’t we talking about this?!” Rihanna stated in a Twitter submit, sharing a CNN community’s article on the demonstrations together with her 100.9 million followers on the platform, utilizing the hashtag #FarmersProtest.

It was not instantly clear what led Rihanna, whose songs have finished nicely in India, to immediately tweet on the topic.

A few hours after Rihanna’s tweet, Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg additionally posted the identical CNN article, expressing solidarity with India’s protesting farmers.

“We stand in solidarity with the #FarmersProtest in India,” Thunberg tweeted to her 4.6 million followers.

Human Rights Watch additionally tweeted Rihanna, saying the federal government of Prime Minister Modi is “presiding over a dangerous regression in free speech rights in pursuit of its Hindu nationalist agenda”.

“Increasingly in Modi’s India, independent institutions including investigators, prosecutors, and the courts, which should be impartially defending rights, are instead protecting government supporters and targeting its critics,” the rights group stated in a press release on Tuesday.

As Rihanna trended on Twitter in India, a Mumbai-based actress who backs India’s ruling nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lashed out on the US singer.

“No one is talking about it because they are not farmers, they are terrorists who are trying to divide India …” Kangana Ranaut advised her three million followers on the identical platform.

The months-long protests are led by turban-wearing Sikh farmers from the wheat and rice-growing state of Punjab in India’s north.

The close-knit group, which is unfold world wide, has additionally organised protests in Australia, Britain and the US.

Sikh Coalition, a New York-based rights group, thanked Rihanna for casting extra worldwide highlight on the topic.

“For over a week, the Indian government has been suspending internet services around #FarmersProtest sites in a clear affront to the freedom of speech,” it stated on Twitter.