The Samyukta Kisan Morcha, the umbrella of 40 farmers’ organizations protesting against the Farm Laws since 73 days, had released a statement on the night of February 4 demanding the reinstatement of internet, and condemning the trolling and the government’s response to the worldwide support by citing ‘internal matter’. It has further highlighted the non-partisan nature of the protests, and has provided update on missing farmers. The statement can be read here in full:
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha demands immediate reinstatement of Internet services disrupted by the government. The government’s efforts to suppress the voice of disagreement continue. Along with the agitating farmers, media persons and local people are facing a lot of troubles due to internet ban. Especially students are facing a big problem as their exams are coming soon. On one side the government propagates the plans like Digital India, but on the other hand, the people of the country are being deprived of the Internet.
This movement is getting continuous support from the nation and the world. It is shameful that the government wants to suppress it by citing it as an “internal matter”. Those who are showing solidarity with the farmers are being trolled at social media, which is condemnable.
This movement is completely farmers’ movement and we oppose all the baseless allegations against the farmers. This movement has been completely apolitical from the beginning and will remain apolitical. The leader of any political party is not allowed to speak from any stage of Samyukta Kisan Morcha. The support of political parties and leaders to this movement is welcomed, but in no case, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha’s stage will be allowed for political leaders.
Today, an SKM delegation joined the final prayer ceremony and paid tribute to Uttarakhand farmer Navreet Singh who was killed in police action on 26 January. According to the information compiled so far, FIR has been registered on 125 protesters and 21 protesters are still missing. Legal help desks have been set up on every border and the teams are constantly taking action related to all these cases.