VIDEO | Chaos on the streets in India: Police used tear gas against farmers

Farmers protest in India / Photo EPA-EFE/MANU ARORA

Indian police today fired tear gas at farmers who continued their march towards the Indian capital, New Delhi, after no progress was made in negotiations with the government on guaranteed prices for their produce.

The Indian government has offered the protesters price support for pulses, maize and cotton, but they are demanding legally supported higher prices for nearly two dozen types of crops.

Tear gas and barricades were used to dissuade farmers from marching towards the capital.

They form an influential voting bloc, months before the May elections in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi will seek a record third term.

To protect themselves from the tear gas and smoke, after the police intervened, thousands of villagers scattered in the nearby fields, about 200 kilometers north of New Delhi.

Ten thousand of them with 1.200 tractors gathered near Shambhu, on the border with the state of Punjab, armed with sticks and stones, the police of the Indian state of Haryana reported on the X network.

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