Grabbing eyeballs with their novel way of protest, Tamil Nadu farmers, protesting at Jantar Mantar in Central Delhi since March 14, on Saturday drank urine in another desperate bid to draw the government’s attention towards their plight.
Over the last 39 days, they have shaved half of their moustache and head, kept mice and snakes in their mouth, conducted mock funerals, flogged themselves and carried skulls of other farmers, who had committed suicide due to debt pressure.
Tamil Nadu farmers protesting at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar over drought relief funds and waiver of farmers’ loans, say “will drink urine today” pic.twitter.com/3Ega6ViNpS— ANI (@ANI_news) April 22, 2017
P Ayyakkannu, who is leading the protest, said “The Union government is not giving us water. So we are consuming urine.”
The protesters had on Friday said they would drink urine if the Centre failed to offer a solution to their problems within a day. On April 10, they had stripped in front of the prime minister’s office here to press for their demands.
The farmers from the southern state have been demanding a drought relief package of Rs 40,000 crore, farm loan waiver and setting up of Cauvery Management Board by the Centre. They had earlier been protesting in the city with human skulls around their necks, trying to grab the attention of the authorities towards their condition.
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