After several international celebrities and activists stand in solidarity with the protesting farmers, the Delhi Police has filed an FIR alleging an overseas “conspiracy” and an attempt to “promote enmity between groups”.
Tweets of Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg who was also one among those tweeted in support of the farmers have been mentioned in the FIR filed by the Delhi Police on Thursday, said reports.
The farmers protest amplified on micro blogging site Twitter, after American pop singer Rihanna raised the issue of the ongoing farmers protest in India, following this several international personalities has extended their support towards the farmers’ protest.
In her first tweet Greta sharing a CNN story about the protests and the government restricting Internet near protest sites wrote, “We stand in solidarity with the #FarmersProtest in India.”
Later, she shared a “toolkit” advising people on how to show support for the protests, that has created a controversy. Taking heed of her tweet Delhi Police said it “exposes the conspiracy by an organized overseas network” to instigate the farmer protests.
Reportedly, she deleted the tweet last night with information on supporting farmers on the ground that had details of the protests, information and hashtags to use in tweets and handles to tag. Critics argue that the toolkit is an organised effort to malign India. This morning, she shared an updated list, which included seven ways to back the agitation. She also suggested organising protests near the closest Indian embassy on February 13 and 14, said reports.
The ruling party along with Bollywood celebrities and sportspersons have alleged that this toolkit is part of an organised propaganda against India.
In a report published by NDTV, the police informed that the FIR did not specifically named anyone as an accused. The charges that the FIR lists are those of conspiracy and “promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language… and acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony.”
Undeterred by her stand Greta recently tweeted: “I still #StandWithFarmers and support their peaceful protest. No amount of hate, threats or violations of human rights will ever change that. #FarmersProtest.”
The international backing of the farmers protest did not go down well with the government.
This created a huge uproar in India, with the ministry of External Affairs issuing a statement that said it is “unfortunate to see vested interest groups trying to enforce their agenda on these protests, and derail them.”
The MEA, in its statement, further emphasised that these protests must be seen in the context of India’s democratic ethos and polity, and the efforts of the government and the concerned farmer groups to resolve the impasse. It also urged the concerned foreign entities to ascertain facts and gain a proper understanding of the issues before making any comment. “The temptation of sensationalist social media hashtags and comments, especially when resorted to by celebrities and others, is neither accurate nor responsible,” the statement concluded.
Eventually, many celebrities and sportsperson also jumped in the Twitter war using the hashtags IndiaTogether and IndiaAgainstPropaganda