The Prime minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau is the first international leader to speak out on the protest by Indian farmers against the Narendra Modi government’s new farm laws.
“I would be remiss if I didn’t start by recognising the news coming from India about the protest by farmers. The situation is concerning. We are all very worried about family and friends. We know that’s a reality for many of you. Let me remind you, Canada will always be there to defend the rights of peaceful protesters. We believe in the process of dialogue. We’ve reached out through multiple means to the Indian authorities to highlight our concerns. This is a moment for all of us to pull together.”
This video of PM Trudeau on Farmers’ Protest was put out on the evening of 30 November in Canada, which according to Indian time is the 1st of December.
Earlier Canadian defense minister Harjit Singh Sajjan had written on Twitter:
“The reports of peaceful protesters being brutalized in India are very troubling. Many of my constituents have family there and are worried about the safety of their loved ones. Healthy democracies allow peaceful protest. I urge those involved to uphold this fundamental right.”
Political leaders from Canada have been the most expressive leaders to speak in support of the protesting farmers and criticizing the Modi government’s handling of the agitation.
India’s ministry of external affairs is yet to respond to the statements made by PM Trudeau and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan. However such comments from international leaders could make it difficult for the government to pursue an openly hostile approach towards the protesting farmers.
Earlier, the Quint had reported on 30 November that Canadian politicians like New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh, Leader of Opposition in Ontario Andrea Horwath, and Members of Ontario’s Provincial Parliament Gurratan Singh, Kevin Yarde, Sara Singh, and Jack Harris, had slammed the Modi government.