A number of international personalities have started commenting on the ongoing state crackdown on farmers protests, as of yesterday. This has happened shortly after Rihanna, a pop artist, shared an article on the internet shut down taking place at protest sites in Delhi, with the caption: “Why aren’t we talking about this?!”.
— Rihanna (@rihanna) February 2, 2021
Following this, well known, Sweedish climate activist, Great Thunburg posted a tweet on the protests, extending support to the movement with the hashtag, #farmersprotest.
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) February 2, 2021
Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate also started tweeting about the protests; one of her tweets includes the statement: “Environmentalists for #Farmersprotest”.
— Vanessa Nakate (@vanessa_vash) February 2, 2021
Elizabeth Wathuti, another popular climate activist, tweeted about how green revolution and climate change affect the farmers in India, demanding that the world shouldn’t be silent about the same.
‘The big picture here is that India must begin to value the lives and well-being of its own citizens over the potential economic gains for its nation.’Standing in solidarity with the #FarmersProtest @LicypriyaK https://t.co/72B0SfCxCA
— Elizabeth Wathuti 🇰🇪 (@lizwathuti) February 2, 2021
US Vice President Kamala Harris’s relative also commented on the situation on twitter. “It’s no coincidence that the world’s oldest democracy was attacked not even a month ago, and as we speak, the most populous democracy is under assault.”
It’s no coincidence that the world’s oldest democracy was attacked not even a month ago, and as we speak, the most populous democracy is under assault. This is related. We ALL should be outraged by India’s internet shutdowns and paramilitary violence against farmer protesters. https://t.co/yIvCWYQDD1 pic.twitter.com/DxWWhkemxW
— Meena Harris (@meenaharris) February 2, 2021
Other celebrities and international personalities have also piped in. Social media influencer and actress, Amanda Cerny shared an image of a female protester, captioning it with the statement, “The world is watching. You don’t have to be Indian or Punjabi or South Asian to understand the issue. All you have to do is care about humanity.”
— Amanda Cerny (@AmandaCerny) February 2, 2021
“Lily Singh, a popular influencer known for comedic videos on Youtube, also responded to Rihanna’s tweet, mentioning how the farmers’ protests is a “humanity issue”.
— Lilly // #LateWithLilly (@Lilly) February 2, 2021
John Cusack, a popular Hollywood actor also posted on twitter in support.
Amazing ⬇️ https://t.co/J8NmtVdBqQ
— John Cusack (@johncusack) January 29, 2021
A number of politicians from the UK and the US, have expressed concern and support for the farmers’ protest on social media. Jim Costa described the situation in India as troubling and mentioned that it is being monitored.
The unfolding events in India are troubling. As a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, I am closely monitoring the situation. The right to peaceful protest must always be respected. #FarmersProtest
— Rep. Jim Costa (@RepJimCosta) February 2, 2021
UK MP Claudia Webb also shared a tweet, thanking Rihanna for commenting on the protests.
Solidarity to the Indian Farmers.
Thank you Rihanna.
— Claudia Webbe MP (@ClaudiaWebbe) February 2, 2021
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