Indian farmers blockade highways nationwide to protest farm laws

Tens of thousands of protesting farmers in India began a three-hour nationwide blockade of highways on Saturday as part of their agitation against three contentious farm laws they want repealed. The Indian capital has been placed on high alert, with authorities closing 10 metro stations and deploying additional police at the borders. The farmers, who have started blocking highways in the adjoining state of Haryana, have said they would not be putting up blockades in Delhi, which saw violence and vandalism by a group of protesters on January 26, India’s Republic Day. The two-month-long protests…

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