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A Twitter storm of support for India's farmers after internet shutdown

But where are the voices of political opposition?

A Twitter storm of support for India's farmers after internet shutdown

But where are the voices of political opposition?

A Twitter storm of support for India's farmers after internet shutdown

But where are the voices of political opposition?

A Twitter storm of support for India's farmers after internet shutdown

But where are the voices of political opposition?

Tensions are increasing at the Delhi protests, as Modi’s actions threaten freedom of speech.

The roads around Delhi look increasingly like a war zone, with steel walls, metal spikes, and barriers of barbed wire put up by security forces. The farmers’ protests in India are now in their third month. Hundreds of thousands of farmers have been camped there throughout the winter, despite the cold and rain. It is the biggest mass protest India has ever seen.

The protests have been largely peaceful, but over the past week – since some farmers drove tractors into the city and clashed with police on Republic Day, 26th January – tensions have risen.

The government has responded by shutting down the internet in some areas around the city, and increasing use of force against the protestors.

The protests are also getting more and more global attention, particularly after pop star Rihanna and climate activist Greta Thunberg both posted their support on Twitter this week, and on Thursday the US embassy in Delhi urged Prime Minister Modi to resume talks with farmers.

The internet shutdown has provoked particular concern: “We recognize that unhindered access to information, including the internet, is fundamental to the freedom of expression and a hallmark of a thriving democracy,” said a representative of the US embassy.

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