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    India summons Canadian high commissioner; issues demarche over remarks by PM Trudeau, other leaders on farmers' protest


    Justin Trudeau, backing the agitating farmers in India, had said that Canada will always be there to defend the rights of peaceful protests, and expressed concern over the situation.

    India conveys dismay over PM Trudeau’s remarks on farmers’ stir, says 'such action would have serious impact on ties'
    NEW DELHI: India on Friday summoned the Canadian High Commissioner and conveyed to him that the comments made by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and some other leaders there on the farmers' agitation constituted an "unacceptable interference" in the country's internal affairs.

    The Canadian diplomat was also told that such actions, if continued, would have a "seriously damaging" impact on the bilateral ties, the external affairs ministry said.

    Trudeau, backing the agitating farmers in India, had said that Canada will always be there to defend the rights of peaceful protests, and expressed concern over the situation.

    "The Canadian High Commissioner was summoned to the Ministry of External Affairs today and informed that comments by the Canadian Prime Minister, some Cabinet Ministers and members of Parliament on issues relating to Indian farmers constitute an unacceptable interference in our internal affairs," the MEA said, adding a demarche was made to the envoy.

    The MEA said these comments by the Canadian leaders have encouraged "gatherings of extremist activities" in front of the Indian High Commission and Consulates in Canada, raising issues of safety and security.

    "We expect the Canadian government to ensure the fullest security of Indian diplomatic personnel and its political leaders to refrain from pronouncements that legitimize extremist activism," the Ministry of External Affairs said.

    Canada's Indian-origin Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan too had expressed concerns over reports of the "peaceful protesters being brutalised in India".

    "The reports of peaceful protesters being brutalized in India are very troubling. Many of my constituents have family there and are worried about the safety of their loved ones. Healthy democracies allow peaceful protest. I urge those involved to uphold this fundamental right," he tweeted on Sunday.

    Thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana and several other states have been protesting for last nine days at the borders of Delhi against three farm laws.

    The farmers and the government are holding talks on the matter.
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    5 Comments on this Story

    Vk Singh43 days ago
    Hahahahaha, could not face reality.
    Sumeet Varghese43 days ago
    In some ways this is a healthy development. The Government should first consult the millions of poor Indians aspiring for a better life in Canada whether the Canadian Government's concerns should be welcomed or not. Most likely they will find it really heartening to note that the tear gas, water cannons and lathi charges have moved Canada more than it has our rulers. Whether our rulers find their way into a mental asylum or not, Canada may grant more Indians political asylum, from now on.
    Kishore Thampy43 days ago
    Waste of time issuing demarches. Useless diplomatic mumbo jumbo. Trudeau senior turned a blind eye to Khalistani movement in Canada when he was PM; now this dynast is mollycoddling them. India should retaliate by encouraging French separatist movement in Quebec.
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