Indian farmers blockade highways nationwide to protest farm laws

Tens of thousands of protesting farmers in India held a three-hour blockade of state and national highways on Saturday as part of their agitation against a set of contentious farm laws they want repealed. Highways were blocked in several places in the states of Haryana and Punjab, and demonstrations were also held in Jammu and Kashmir, Bangalore and Pune, the NDTV news agency reported. A farmers union leader said road blockades were being held at 33 places. “We will block vehicles for three hours in a symbolic gesture,” said Rakesh Tikait, a farmers’ leader. “We will give stranded people water…

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