Monday 1 February 2021 / 5:49 PM Stephen Kinnock

Stephen Kinnock comments on farmers protests in India

Stephen Kinnock MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Asia and the Pacific, commenting on the farmers protests in India, said:

“We are increasingly concerned by the violent nature of clashes between the farmers and police, and the risks to essential democratic rights and freedoms. We call on both sides to show restraint, but we are clear that the onus is the Indian authorities’ to protect the farmers’ right to peaceful protest, to respect their right to freedom of assembly and expression, and to respond to any incidents of civil disobedience in a proportionate and appropriate manner.

“The Foreign Secretary should raise these concerns with his counterpart in the Indian government as a matter of urgency.”