Hundreds of thousands of farmers, the majority of them Sikh and from the northern Indian states of Punjab and Haryana, have been protesting against the introduction last September of a series of agricultural laws.
The farmers began their protests in their own states but in late Novemberthey marched or drove their tractors to the outskirts of Delhi. Here they set up three sprawling protest camps, in the areas of Singhu, Ghazipur and Tikri. The farmers built tents and homes in their tractor trailers, set up kitchens, shops and libraries, and have vowed not to move until the farm laws are repealed. The farmers, who are led by well-organised unions, have also said they will expand the protests nationwide and have planned a series of rallies across the country in the coming weeks.