Pop icon Rihanna took to Twitter to lend her support to the ongoing farmers’ protest against the Farm Bills. She shared an article about the government blocking the mobile internet services in several areas around New Delhi on Saturday, January 30, 2021 written by an international online portal.
She wrote, “why aren’t we talking about this?! #FarmersProtest.” Rihanna is the latest celebrity to have joined the farmers’ protest. Earlier Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Diljit Dosanjh, Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhasker, Harbhajan Mann, Jasbir Jassi, Riteish Deshmukh, Hansal Mehta and others have voiced their support to the protesting farmers.
— Rihanna (@rihanna) February 2, 2021
The Union Government’s Farmers Bills have been vehemently opposed by the farmers as they say that they benefit large private food buyers at the expense of producers. Tens of thousands of farmers have taken to the roads to protest against the bill since last year. In a bid to control the agitators, the government blocked mobile internet services in several areas around New Delhi on Saturday as protesting farmers began a one-day hunger strike after a week of violent clashes with the police.
The internet services were suspended until 11 pm on Sunday to ‘maintain public safety’. The demonstrations at Singhu border were designed to coincide on the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi i.e on January 30. The farm leaders said the demonstrations were non-violent and peaceful. In the earlier week, the Republic Day parade on January 26, 2021, were disrupted and turned violent when some protesters deviated from pre-arranged routes during a planned tractor parade and tore down barricades and clashed woth police. The authorities had to use tear gas to restrain the unruly mob.