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India erects barricades, fortifies Delhi from protesting farmers

Indian authorities have erected extensive barricades in Delhi to prevent farmers protesting against new laws at the outskirts of the city from entering the capital.

Tens of thousands of farmers have been camped since late last year, braving the winter chill to oppose three new laws that they say will benefit big business at their expense.

Police have since heavily barricaded three main protest sites with concertina wire fences and obstructions on roads and shut off the internet in some areas.

The government says the reforms will help farmers and make their sector more efficient.

The largely peaceful campaign turned violent last week when protesters drove a procession of tractors into the heart of the capital and some farmers confronted police, who responded with tear gas and batons.

(Source: Reuters) 

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