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Farmers protesting reforms swarm Indian capital: 5 things to know

Union leader says growers can survive COVID 'but not anti-peasant laws'

Farmers at the Singhu border near Delhi protest against newly passed laws that they say benefit corporations.    © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- Unfazed by the cold weather and the coronavirus pandemic, thousands of farmers have been camping at the borders of the Indian capital city for a week to protest against the country's new agriculture laws which they fear may leave them at the mercy of corporations.

On Tuesday, 35 farm leaders met a government delegation, including Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal, demanding the repeal of three farm laws that parliament cleared in September with an aim to liberalizing the agriculture sector. However, the talks failed to make much headway, and the two sides will meet again on Thursday to try to resolve issues.

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