Farmers on 14th December protested in numerous areas of Tamilnadu coercing the Central government to abolish the new farm laws, while DMK and its allies issued a statement about a hunger strike to take place on 18 December.
The protests were held in regions including Mayiladuthurai, Thanjavur, Karur and Tiruchirappalli seeking a repeal of the laws and in solidarity with the farmers in Delhi who had a hunger strike on Monday, said P R Pandian, Tamilnadu All Farmers Associations Coordination Committee President. Which led to the DMK and its allies including the Left parties announced a hunger strike on 18 December to express unanimity with farmers’ protest.
Farmer leader, P Ayyakannu, who resurfaced from Delhi after being a part of the protest days ago, and submitted a memorandum to the Tamilnadu government seeking steps to persuade the Centre to repeal the farm laws.
“We have submitted a petition to Agriculture Secretary, Gagandeep Singh Bedi requesting steps for the repeal of farm laws. In our plea, we have also urged our Chief Minister K Palaniswami to not support the farm laws,”, Ayyakannu, chief of National South Indian Rivers Inter-Linking Farmers Association, said.
Left parties and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi cadres were active participants of protests in several places including Salem and they voiced slogans supporting farmers and against leading corporates.
CPI (M) State Secretary K Balakrishnan alleged party workers including veteran, K Balabharathi was ‘pushed down’ and arrested by police in Dindigul. Attempts to crush the protests through such tyrannical measures would only end in failure, he said.
In Coimbatore district, about 300 activists belonging to political parties and organisations were detained, when they attempted to form a picket line at the government offices and block trains. About 90 volunteers, belonging to a farmers’ association affiliated to the CPI, squatted in front of the Coimbatore District Collectorate, and raised slogans against the Centre.