Rihanna tweets in support of farmers’ protest in India

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International pop star Rihanna today came out in support of the agitation by Indian farmers and criticised the internet shutdown at the protest site on the outskirts of Delhi.

Rihanna became the first global star to lend her support to the protest which is into its third month, reports our New Delhi correspondent.

“Why aren’t we talking about this?! #FarmersProtest,” Rihanna wrote on Twitter and tagged a CNN news article headlined “India cuts internet around New Delhi as protesting farmers clash with police”.

The tweet by Rihanna, who has 100 million followers on the popular social media site, earned thousands of retweets and likes within an hour of making her post.

Bollywood actress Swara Bhasker lauded the hitmaker’s remarks while Kangana Ranaut came down heavily on her.

“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… Sit down you fool, we are not selling our nation like you dummies,” the Bollywood actress tweeted in response.

Thousands of farmers, mainly from Punjab and Haryana, have been camping at several Delhi border points since the end of November last year, pressing for the repeal of the three new farm laws and legal guarantee of minimum support price (MSP) for their crops.

Sites of the farmers’ protest at Delhi’s borders have witnessed enhanced security and putting up multi-layer barricades.

The strengthened security at the agitation sites came following the violence on January 26 during the tractor rally by protesting farmers in which 394 security personnel were injured.❐

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