5-speed listening (Farmers' Protests - Level 4)

India sees the biggest protest in history






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A protest in India could be the largest in human history. Tens of thousands of farmers took to the streets of India's capital city to protest about new laws. Another 250 million people from a cross-section of society joined a 24-hour general strike. They came from all walks of life. They wanted to show solidarity with the farmers. The size of the protest made the government meet the protesters face-to-face rather than call in the police.

India's farmers are furious about agricultural reforms that will shake up India's farming society. Farmers are accusing the government of ignoring them for the benefit of big agri-business. Their protests around Delhi look like a blockade of the city. A farmers' union said: "We will block rail tracks if our demands are not met." It said agriculture was too important to play party politics with. The government said it was optimistic about finding a compromise.

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