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After months of little to no media coverage, the Farmers’ Protest in India is finally receiving the international attention it deserves – and it is all because of a tweet by Rihanna. The demonstration is the largest organized strike in human history as 250 million came together to protest the country’s 3 new agricultural reform bills. The acts, passed in September, allow large industries to greatly reduce the price of already cheap crops. The legislation was passed without any consultation from India’s farming community.
Protesters began gathering in August as word of these reform bills spread across the country. When the acts actually passed, demonstrations escalated and quickly accumulated into the largest coordinated strike ever witnessed. Hundreds of thousands have even camped at protest sites just outside of the nation’s capital New Delhi for over two months.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and law enforcement have treated protesters in the same manner that the former U.S. administration did the BLM movement – with tear gas and violence. The government even imposed a 48-hour internet shutdown in the Haryana state and other areas surrounding New Delhi where protests are occurring.
People from around the globe have been protesting in solidarity with the Punjabi farmers, from San Francisco to London to Melbourne to New Jersey. And now, some of your favorite celebrities are expressing their support for the movement. Here is how Hollywood is responding to the protest.
On Tuesday morning, Rihanna shared an article about the farmers’ strikes to her 100 million Twitter followers. Her tweet brought international attention to the protest, prompting other stars to show their support.
Late-night talk show host Lilly Singh has actually been highlighting the protests over the last few months on her social media. A few days ago, she shared a lengthy Instagram post discussing the crisis and her stance on the subject.
Another celebrity who has been posting about the protest is singer Jay Sean. Most recently, he took to Instagram and provided his followers a link to a petition that urges the U.K. government to make a public statement in support of the farmers. In the post, Sean also expresses his disappointment in the mainstream media for not reporting on the major world event.
Actress Priyanka Chopra has also weighed in on the issue. In a tweet from December, she urged for a resolution that would benefit the farmers.
Our farmers are India’s Food Soldiers. Their fears need to be allayed. Their hopes need to be met. As a thriving democracy, we must ensure that this crises is resolved sooner than later. https://t.co/PDOD0AIeFv
If anything, this situation has shown us the power of the celebrity. One minute, the Farmers’ Protest was only known by a certain population of people and now, it is being internationally recognized and supported. Thank you to those stars who use their platform to bring awareness to global issues, especially ones that are not being highlighted enough, if at all, in the media. And thank you Rihanna, for turning a ripple into a wave.
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