Farmers in India protested for over a year, sometimes in the tens of thousands, against laws passed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that allowed farmers to sell produce directly to bulk buyers and make contract farming easier.

Opposition parties in Parliament opposed the move, saying it diminished the bargaining power of farmers. On Dec. 1, 2020, India’s ministers and representatives of the protesting farmers failed to break a deadlock over the new farm laws, despite talks lasting several hours.

Speaking to the Indian community in Canada in a video message on Nov. 30, 2020, Trudeau said he was worried about the protesting farmers.

“The situation is concerning. We are all very worried about family and friends … Let me remind you, Canada will always be there to defend the rights of peaceful protest,” he said.

Vohra said Trudeau’s approach with the truckers, who have been protesting in large numbers in Ottawa since Jan. 29, has “betrayed their trust.”

“The saddest thing about betrayal is that it never comes from your enemies. It comes from those who have faith in,” he said. 

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