SKM Announces Nationwide Protests Against Centre Over Newsclick FIR


Terming the allegations made in the Newsclick FIR against the Farmers’ Movement as false and motivated, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) on Sunday announced nationwide protests against the central government.

The Morcha has however not declared any date for their protest.

The SKM in a statement said that it was shocked to learn about the scurrilous and malafide allegations made against the historic SKM-led Farmers’ Movement in Delhi, in the FIR lodged by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police against media house Newsclick and several journalists.

“SKM rejects the patently false and mischievous allegations in the FIR that the Farmers’ Movement aimed to disrupt supplies and services essential to the life of the community in India, abet damage and destruction of property, cause huge loss to the Indian economy and create internal law and order problems, through illegal foreign funding,” a statement issued by SKM said on Sunday.

“No supply was disrupted by farmers. No property was damaged by farmers. No loss to the economy was caused by farmers. No law and order problem was created by farmers. By violently stopping the farmers from exercising their democratic right of reaching the nation’s capital, through barbed wire fencing, water cannons, lathi charges, and digging up roads, it is the Union government that caused great inconvenience to the people of the nation and the farmers,” it added.

In the statement, the SKM said that they through their constituent organizations, have already expressed solidarity with independent media houses like Newsclick and with scores of journalists who have the courage to write and publish the truth about this anti-people BJP-led Union Government, and denounced the nefarious attempts of the government to muzzle and choke their voices through false cases and arrests by illegal misuse of state machinery and power.

“Further expressing solidarity with Newsclick and all sections of the independent media, SKM announces nationwide mass protests against this BJP-led Union Government for its renewed attack on the Farmers’ Movement through the Newsclick FIR,” the statement added. (ANI)

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