Nails Cemented on Roads to Stop Protesting Farmers in Delhi
In Delhi, roads have been cemented with a bed of nails, so that if a vehicle tries to enter Delhi without proper permission, its tyres will be punctured. The Central Government also requested twitter
In Delhi, roads have been cemented with a bed of nails so that if a vehicle tries to enter Delhi without proper permission, its tyres will be punctured. Concrete walls were erected between barriers, multi-layer barricading and there are lines upon lines of police personnel. Apart from the barricades, barbed wire has been installed to stop people moving on foot.
This has been done at three major farmers' protest sites -Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur on the outskirts of Delhi. The Internet has been suspended in these areas. Decision to increase security, comes days after the violent clashes between protesters and police on [Box 06 January 26 during the tractor parade by the agitating farmers. Drones were being used to monitor the situation and vehicles checked as more farmers continued to flow in from Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan. The visuals of the extreme security measures went viral on social media, with many questioning if these were from the international borders of India.
On social media many people have posted about the farmers' protests. Famous singer Rihanna also posted on Twitter about the farmer protests. She posted a picture along with a text that said: Why aren’t we talking about this?! #FarmerProtest. Even Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg Tweeted and supported the farmers' protest.
The Central Government had requested twitter to block 250 Twitter Accounts because they felt that these accounts could provoke farmers and there could be more violent protests. Twitter then accepted and blocked the accounts. Whose Accounts were blocked: Kisan Ekta Morcha, activist Hansraj Meena, former Lok Sabha MP and CPI(M) leader Mohammed Salim, actor Sushant Singh and the account of Prasar Bharati CEO [Box 18 Shashi Shekhar were blocked. Twitter’s decision was criticised by civil rights activists and opposition leaders who said in India we have the freedom of speech. But by blocking accounts the government is oppressing the rights of the people. After this the accounts were restored.