In a significant development amid the incessant protests upheld by the farmers at the borders of Delhi, the protests had gained international attention and solidarity as the peasants had got a voice from reputed people from the other side of the globe, which had majorly pushed the government to act now on the farmer's demand of repealing the three controversial farm laws.
On Tuesday, renowned international singer and actress Rihanna took to Twitter and shared a news link of CNN in which it had covered India cuts internet around New Delhi. Sharing the link, Rihanna said, "Why aren't we talking about this? #FarmersProtest". Ever since she tweeted about the farmers' protests, her tweet has been gaining significant attention across and beyond the borders as it had taken the issue to a global debate.
According to reports, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs had temporarily suspended the telecom services in the protesting sites in the exercise of powers conferred under sub-rule 1 of Rule 2 of the Temporary Suspension of Telecom Services, and in the interest of maintaining public safety and averting public emergency.
The Home Ministry's order said that it is necessary and expedient to order the temporary suspension of Internet services in Singhu, Ghazipur, and Tikri and their adjoining areas in the National Capital Territory from 11 pm on January 31 to 11 pm on February 2.
Along with banning the internet, the Delhi Police, which comes under the Home Ministry, had also installed an unprecedented scale of security apparatus at Singhu, Ghazipur, and Tikri borders to restrict the farmers from entering Central Delhi. As we have reported on Tuesday, the police had installed barricades, iron rods, barbed wires, cement barriers, sharp nails, and deployed extensive level of forces to curb the entry of peasants.
It must be noted that the security grid to stop the farmers had run into sharp criticisms and objections after the police had turned Delhi into a fortress with the tight measures resembling the Indian border with the adversary. The suspension of the internet and the establishment of a tight security grid had come days after the violence erupted between farmers and police in Delhi during Republic Day.
After the suspension of the Internet in New Delhi made news beyond the borders, reputed singer Rihanna has now reacted strongly and asked "why aren't we talking about this". Along with Rihanna, teen climate activist Greta Thunberg has also extended her solidarity to the farmers' protest, which has become another significant attention from beyond the borders. Thunberg, who is a popular global climate activist, shared the same news link and said, "We stand in solidarity with the Farmers Protest in India".