“The United States Embassy in New Delhi is aware of media reports of possible demonstrations in and around New Delhi on July 21 and 22 by farmers and counter-protesters. Past protests have at times led to to violence, “the embassy said in a press release issued Wednesday. .
Noting that the likelihood and location of the protests are unknown, he said farmers’ unions have requested permission for 200 protesters to walk to Parliament to protest the new farm laws.
There may be more police in the streets, additional checkpoints and an unknown number of protesters in and around Delhi, according to the press release.
He also advised them to avoid prominent areas including Parliament, crowds, demonstrations, monitor local media for updates, stay aware of their surroundings, review their personal security plans, and follow instructions from law enforcement officials.
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), a body that brings together more than 40 farmers’ unions leading the uproar against the central farm laws, had planned for around 200 farmers to protest in front of Parliament every day starting July 22 during the monsoon session.
Parliament’s monsoon session began on Monday and is scheduled to conclude on August 13.
Thousands of farmers across the country have been agitating on the Delhi borders against the three farm laws that they claim will eliminate the Minimum Price of Livelihood system, leaving them at the mercy of large corporations.
More than 10 rounds of talks with the government, which has been projecting the laws into major agricultural reforms, have failed to break the deadlock between the two sides.