21:09 GMT03 March 2021
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    Since 26 November 2020, farmers from the states of Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh have been protesting on the outskirts of India's capital city, mainly demanding the repeal of three new farm laws passed by parliament last September to liberalise the market for farm produce. 

    From the heavy deployment of security personnel armed with weapons to cemented barricades with barbed wire and roads layered with spikes and nails, visuals from the protest sites at Delhi's Ghazipur, Tikri, and Singhu borders have spread like wildfire on Indian social media, leaving netizens shocked.

    Security has been tightened on Delhi's borders to stop farmers and tractors from entering the national capital days after clashes between protesting farmers and the police occurred during a tractor rally on India's 72nd Republic Day at the iconic Red Fort.

    With the hashtag #FencingLikeChinaPak, netizens have taken to social media sharing their reaction as they compare the sight with the India-China or Pakistan borders. 

    ​While many Bollywood celebrities and netizens have been slamming the government for creating a war-like situation, some locals shared that workers had erected cemented roadblocks and plastered nails overnight on 1 February.

    ​They also alleged that farmers have been "ignored" in the Union Budget 2021-22 and many of their Twitter accounts have been restricted.

    Over 37 farmer leaders have been charged by Delhi Police in 44 police complaints for attempted murder, rioting, and criminal conspiracy during the Republic Day clashes that left one tractor-riding protester dead and as many as 394 police personnel injured. 

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