Protest across the state of Karnataka, partial shutdown in the capital Bengaluru

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Karnataka faced a 12- hour strike where thousands of farmers, Dalit groups, and labor unions joined in the statewide protest against the passing of the contentious Farm Bill. They protested against the land acquisition act, the particular act has made it easier for non-farmers to buy agricultural land, and alteration to the APMC (Agricultural Produce Market Committees) Act, which lists rules for obtaining farm produce.

Many pro-Kannada activists also unite the protests in support of the farmers. Police across the state hampered protestors as they attempted to stop the movement of people.  Town Hall, City Railway Station in Bengaluru saw a large gathering of protesters who shouted slogans against the BJP.

By noon, hundreds of farmers were seen protesting outside the Town Hall. Others blocked roads in parts of Bengaluru city till they were told to move by the police. The statewide observed a significant drop in the number of cabs and auto services, also a slight decrease in private vehicle usage. Public transport was also affected to some extent.

BJP imposed three laws: Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, to which the farmers across the country had claimed that the bills remove all the protection for small farmers and hand over power to private companies.  

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