Protest News Updates: 12 March 2018

12 March 2018

Maharashtra farmers’ long march: 50,000 at Azad Maidan; top 10 developments: 

The protesters, joined by tribals, had halted at the KJ Somaiya Ground before marching towards Azad Maidan on Monday morning.

After an arduous journey of almost 170 km that started on March 5, a swarm farmers participating in ‘kisan long march’ to voice their demands to the Maharashtra government, finally reached Mumbai on Sunday. The numbers heavily increased along the way from 30,000 agitatators to about 50,000, according to the organisers.
Enduring the scorching heat in a march that started from Maharashtra’s Nashik district six days ago, the farmers moved slowly across the length of Mumbai and finally reached Azad Maidan on Monday at 5 in the morning. The protesters, joined by tribals, had halted at the KJ Somaiya Ground before making their way to Azad Maidan. Read more at:

Kisan Long March | Armed with demands, farmers paint Mumbai red

On March 6, over 30,000 farmers began walking from Nashik with the aim to cover 180 km on foot and stage a protest outside the Vidhan Sabha in Mumbai in a bid to force the state government to accept their demands. As the agitators neared Mumbai, the Kisan Long March, organised by the Communist Party of India – Marxist’s farmers body All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), has seen Shiv Sena, MNS, CPI, AAP and the Swaraj Abhiyaan come out in support of the movement.

However, the first resistance by Maharashtra’s farmers was staged in June 2017, when they did something unexpected by going on strike to get their demands heard like farm loan waivers and remunerative support pricing for their produce. As agriculturists hit the streets, spilling milk and throwing vegetables on the roads in protest, even BJP ministers admitted that the fury was the result of a combination of factors and structural weaknesses including depressed prices of farm produce, lack of freedom to access markets and technologies, market distortions, impact of demonetisation and lack of public investments in the primary sector. At the time, the BJP-led government had tried to underplay the impact and reach of the protest, which also saw violence by farmers, but was eventually forced to relent and announce loan waivers. Read more at:

Rozgaar Mange India launches campaign: 

Rozgaar Mange India, a platform that seeks to run a sustained campaign on the state of joblessness in the country, on Sunday had its inaugural convention at Press Club of India. Speakers at the convention ranged from journalists to leaders and participants of various movements happening across the country around employment issues.

Inaugurating the convention, AISA Preident Sucheta De said, “In November 2013, at an election rally in Agra, the then PM Candidate Narendra Modi declared, [If the BJP comes to power it will create one crore new jobs] But the Modi government is hell-bent on destroying all jobs opportunities.” She added that the platform would launch movements to put pressure on the government and hold it accountable for the unfulfilled promises. Read more at:

Muscular Dystrophy patients stage hunger strike seeking Centre’s assistance for treatment

A mother-daughter duo suffering from Muscular Dystrophy embarked on a hunger strike demanding assistance from the Centre for medical treatment or permission to undergo euthanasia or mercy killing.

The patients, Anamika Mishra, and her mother Shashi Mishra, who are residents of Yashoda Nagar here, alleged that they were forced to go on strike as the government failed to respond to multiple letters written by them seeking medical treatment. Read more at:

Arvind Kejriwal calls all-party meet over sealing drive

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called for an all-party meeting at his residence on Tuesday in a bid to help the traders, who are facing the flank of the ongoing sealing drive by the civic bodies, in the Capital

Urging the Opposition parties– the BJP and the Congress– to “rise above politics”, Kejriwal sent letters to them on Sunday. “We should rise above politics and come together to find a solution to the problems that have risen due to sealing,” he said. However, Kejriwal also suggested that not more than three people from each party be present at the meeting for its smooth functioning. Read more at:




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