“Why aren’t we talking about this?! #FarmersProtest”, Rihanna wrote on her Twitter account on Tuesday, February 2. The Umbrella interpreter echoed a CNN report discussing internet shutdowns in Delhi during farmer protests. Twitter accounts of farmers but also of a news magazine would have been blocked a few hours before being accessible again. Since last November, they are tens of thousands to demonstrate to protest against the reforms of the government which wishes to liberalize the agricultural markets and demands their abrogation pure and simple.
While the star’s account has more than 101 million subscribers, and this tweet has been shared more than 250,000 times, other personalities have also taken a stand on the subject on social networks such as Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg or Meena Harris, the niece of Kamala Harris, American vice-president of Indian origin. The foreign ministry was annoyed with its positions and made it known. He published a press release this Wednesday, February 3, inviting Internet users “before hastening to comment on these questions (…) to fully grasp the stakes”: “The temptation of hashtags and sensationalist comments on social networks , is neither fair nor responsible, especially when celebrities and others resort to it, ”he said. A statement he accompanied with the hashtags #IndiaTogether (United India) #IndiaAgainstPropaganda (India against propaganda).
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