Protesting farmers at Delhi's Ghazipur border on the intervening night of 28 and 29 January, 2021 | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
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New Delhi: Pop icon Rihanna Tuesday extended her support to the ongoing farmers’ protest at Delhi’s borders, thereby bringing global attention to the issue.

“Why aren’t we talking about this?! #FarmersProtest,” tweeted the singer who has over 100 million followers on Twitter.

Soon after, climate change activist Greta Thunberg, American lawyer and Vice President Kamala Harris’ niece Meena Harris, and the Human Rights Watch also called for attention to be drawn to the ongoing protests against the Centre’s contentious new farm laws.

However, minutes after Rihanna’s tweet, actor Kangana Ranaut attacked the international icon, calling her a “fool”. Kangana also termed the farmers as “terrorists”.

“No one is talking about it because they are not farmers, they are terrorists who are trying to divide India, so that China can take over our vulnerable broken nation and make it a Chinese colony much like USA,” she tweeted.

Many Twitter users, including politicians, have since demanded an immediate ban on Ranaut’s account.

Four-term MP from Congress, Deepender S. Hooda, said “I urge @TwitterIndia to ban this account immediately. Her tweet is in response to a post on internet ban in Haryana. Calling peacefully agitating farmers in Haryana ‘terrorists’ is highly inflammatory & hateful. The biggest irony is that these farmers are the biggest patriots.”

Meanwhile, actor Sushant Singh, whose account was recently ‘withheld‘ by Twitter, urged Kisan Ekta Morcha to consider filing a defamation case against Ranaut.

Other users followed suit.

Thousands of farmers have been protesting for over two months at Delhi’s borders against the new laws. Farmers remain firm on their demand for a repeal of all three laws. Meanwhile, internet services in the border areas of Singhu, Ghazipur and Tikri were suspended days after tractor rally organised by farmers on 26 January turned violent after many digressed from the approved route. 33 FIR have also been filed in relation to the violence.


Also read: All about Section 69A of IT Act under which Twitter had withheld several posts & accounts


 

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Excuse me she didn’t mention farmers as terrorists… She only mentioned that some of them were spreading Maoist and terrorist ideas and defaming the name of innocent farmers…. Please get your facts checked and don’t simply
    put false Or hate creating titles so that you can get more views

  2. A big “thank you” to these foreigners. This is the true face of VASUDHAIV KUTUMBAKAM – – global empathy. If a neighbor locks up his room and begins maltreating his children, EVERYONE in the neighborhood should be concerned. That’s HUMANITY. People like Kangana Renaut and beasts if they object to Rehanna and others speaking up for our farmers. What exactly are Modi-Shah doing, how low do they want to stoop? Cutting off electricity and water for our protesters – – you don’t do that even to prisoners! The whole world knows that a person does not change at heart merely by donning a fashionable hairdo

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