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Protesting farmers return to camp after storming Indian fort

NEW DELHI (AP) — Tens of thousands of farmers who stormed the historic Red Fort on India’s Republic Day were again camped outside the capital Wednesday after the foremost volatile day of their two-month standoff left one protester dead and quite 300 cops injured.

The protests demanding the repeal of latest agricultural laws have grown into a rebellion that's rattling Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. On Tuesday, quite 10,000 tractors and thousands more people on foot or horseback tried to advance into the capital, shoving aside barricades and buses blocking their path and sometimes met by police using tear gas and water cannons

Their brief takeover of the 17th-century fort, which was the palace of Mughal emperors, played live longer than Indian news channels. The farmers, some carrying ceremonial swords, ropes and sticks, overwhelmed police. during a profoundly symbolic challenge to Modi’s Hindu-nationalist government, the protesters who stormed Red Fort hoisted a Sikh religious flag.

“The situation is normal now. The protesters have left the streets of the capital,″ New Delhi policeman Anto Alphonse said Wednesday morning.

The protesting farmers’ groups are scheduled to satisfy later Wednesday to debate the longer term course of action. Another march is planned for Feb. 1 when the Modi government is scheduled to present the annual budget in Parliament.


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