Victory to the famers and all workers! 26 March Bharat Bandh (All India Strike)

We are with the millions of brave women, men and children striking nationwide in India tomorrow against unjust farm and labour laws being imposed on people in both the countryside and the cities.  Farmers and farm workers, including mothers, grandmothers and other women, have now been on strike for four months (see fact sheet) and are determined not to stop till every single one of these brutal laws has been revoked.  New labour codes will make it easier to fire workers, increase the working day to 12 hours and make it more difficult for workers to go on strike.

Statement from striking farmers at Ghazipur Border, Delhi, sent to us today

Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of farmers organizations spearheading the ongoing farmer protest in India, has called for a Bharat Bandh (All India Strike) on 26th March. Extensive preparations are underway all over the country for this. This Bandh is not just related to the question of rolling back of the three farm laws and the right to sell crops at Minimum Support Price but also, rolling back of four labour code laws, stopping the selling of government and public sector enterprises, growing inflation, employment for youth and women’s safety.

Except for ruling party BJP-related Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh, all central trade unions have extended their full support for this Bandh. Some of India’s prominent trade associations, transport associations, student unions, youth organisations, women’s organizations and intellectuals are also in support of this Bandh. Along with the Left parties, several regional parties have also extended their support. 

On 26th March there will also be a drive to defeat BJP in upcoming elections in the five states- West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Pondicherry. Other states are also ready and extensively prepared for the Bandh. The programme includes blocking the roads and railways, closure of markets and other proceedings. 

We appeal to people, unions and organizations across the globe to extend their solidarity and amplify the voice of the farmers movement.”

Purshottam Sharma,
National Secretary,
All India Kisan Mahasabha (AIKM),
From Ghazipur Border Picket
India

The farmers camps on Delhi’s border are going strong “I was at the farmers camps in Delhi’ – a first-hand account by a grassroots woman who is an organiser of women from hundreds of villages who are farm workers and housewives
International Jewish Anti-Zionist (IJAN) UK’s statement supporting Indian farmers for the Bharath Bandh, All India Strike

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