Vancouver – More than 1,000 vehicles are expected to take part in a drive from Surrey to Vancouver on Sunday in support of farmers in India.
This is the second protest of 2021, after dozens of people gathered outside the Indian consulate on Howe Street in Vancouver on New Year’s Day.
Demonstrations have been going on in India for months since the country’s parliament passed new agricultural laws – claiming that farmers – especially in the state of Punjab – would destroy their income.
Many BC. This issue is also close to home for residents.
“Our fathers, our mothers, our brothers, our grandparents, they are really sleeping on the cold roads of New Delhi, as we speak,” said Gurwinder Singh Kalsa, one of the protesters who gathered on Friday.
“This is not just an issue for Punjabis, it is happening all over India,” he said. “It’s happening in other countries as well. They’re trying to take our land, you know? They’re trying to tell us what we can do, what we can not cultivate. That’s what slavery is. It’s 2021 now. Those days are long behind us. “
According to a news release from the Surrey RCMP, Sunday’s protest is expected to begin in the afternoon at the Cloverdale Entertainment Center in Surrey.
Mountains say they plan to be in the area to deal with traffic problems and monitor the situation. They advise anyone wishing to skip the rally to choose alternate travel routes from noon to 5 pm and stay away from the 176th Street sidewalk between 60 Avenue and Highway 1.
Police instruct protesters to keep in mind that public health orders are still in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“Rally participants are kindly requested to stay in their vehicles and not to join or co-exist with other participants,” the Surrey RCMP said in a statement. “If you have to get out of your vehicle, please wear a mask and maintain physical distance.”