08 December 2020

PBKMS Marches in solidarity with the Nation's Farmers

 PBKMS observes the day of nationwide 'bandh' across districts in West Bengal

Paschim Banga Khet Majoor Samity (PBKMS) stand in solidarity with the protesting farmers across the nation on 8th December, 2020 and extends its support to their call in observing 'Bharat Bandh' on this day. From the tea gardens to the 'Rarh Regions' of West Bengal, PBKMS has risen up in a spirited fashion to oppose the farm laws.  

As a union of people who are landless or own very little land, our members have very little marketable surplus and are therefore not immediately affected by changes in the laws. However, like urban workers, we are net purchasers of food. In the long term, these laws will ultimately lead to the roll back of the MSP, procurement, and the rationing system, from where we get cheap food grains. The changes in the Essential Commodities Act will allow hoarding and a huge rise in food prices. On the whole, the introduction of these 3 laws will hasten the corporatization of agriculture and damage our food markets irreversibly. The laws are a danger for all of us, not just farmers. Our comrades have organized marches and demonstrations in various parts of West Bengal to enforce the general strike and scenes from some of them are being shared here:
Collage of video footages from a few rallies

Comrades preparing for a rally in Mandirbazar block, South 24 Parganas

Women raising their fists in protest in Hasnabad block, North 24 Parganas

Women in a march in Purulia-2 block, Purulia

Women before assimilating in a large rally in Balarampur block, Purulia

Comrades in a rally in Saltora block, Bankura

Plantation workers in Bamandanga Tea Garden, Jalpaiguri assembling for a rally

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