Protestors at Cloverdale Fairgrounds show their support for farmers in India during a rally in December. (File photo: Jason Sveinson)

Protestors at Cloverdale Fairgrounds show their support for farmers in India during a rally in December. (File photo: Jason Sveinson)

Surrey start for ‘Global Day of Action’ car rally to support farmers in India

Departure from Strawberry Hill on Tuesday, Jan. 26

Surrey is the starting point Tuesday (Jan. 26) for the Metro Vancouver-area part of a global protest against farming reforms in India.

At Indian consulates around the world, “A Global Day of Action” rallies have been organized by Sikhs around the world to rally in support of farmers.

In Surrey on Tuesday, a car rally will depart from Strawberry Hill (Scott Road/72nd Avenue) at around 11 a.m. Tuesday for a trip to the Indian Consulate in Vancouver, for arrival at 1 p.m.

“Sikh Canadians are joining communities worldwide to scrutinize India’s actions against peaceful protesters who are resisting agricultural reforms that benefit corporations,” says a news release.

Rallies are being held in Canada, the U.S., Australia, the U.K., Germany and Denmark “to bring attention to India’s history of oppressive actions as vulnerable farmers and their families continue to protest in Delhi.”

Rally organizers have employed the hashtag #askindiawhy, and details about the global effort are posted on askindiawhy.com.

Since November, India’s farmers have demanded the repeal of laws they say will largely privatize agriculture and push smaller operators out of the market and plunge them further into debt.

• RELATED STORY: Indian farmers rally moves as organizers say Surrey RCMP told them they couldn’t gather.

Last week, organizers of Surrey Challo, a protest in support of the farmers in India, said they were disappointed after they say they were denied the right to protest at Cloverdale Fairgrounds.

The Surrey Challo event, described as a “drive-in and park” and a “cultural awakening and lively” protest, was planned for the Cloverdale Recreation Centre grounds on Jan. 16. Posters for the event listed speeches and performances by about 20 individuals and groups.

Pindie Dhaliwal, an organizer of the protest, said they were told by Surrey RCMP, as they were arriving, that the event was not allowed due to COVID-19. Organizers ended up moving the protest to Strawberry Hill at the last minute, with a drive-by past RCMP “E” Division in Green Timbers.

with a file from Lauren Collins

• READ MORE: Changes in Indian farm laws could benefit Canada, experts say.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Live Well Exercise Clinic CEO Sara Hodson and Trevor Linden’s Club 16 partner Carl Ulmer are pushing for gym memberships and services to become tax deductible. (Contributed photo)
Semiahmoo Peninsula fitness pros leading charge on tax-deductible gym memberships

Live Well Exercise Clinic CEO Sara Hodson pitched idea to deputy prime minister

An example of a Surrey Police cruiser, showcased at Mayor Doug McCallum’s State of the City Address at Civic Hotel in May of 2019. (File photo: Amy Reid)
Surrey Police Service hires first three inspectors as ‘next layer of leadership’

Three men have more than 80 years of combined experience

Statue of Lady Justice at B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster. (File photo: Tom Zytaruk)
Surrey man found guilty in 2018 murder of his wife

Rizig Bona’s next court date is today

Whalley Chiefs general manager Paul Hargreaves in the stands at the club's diamond at Whalley Athletic Park. (Photo: Tom Zillich)
Surrey baseball clubs prep for spring games as COVID threatens another season

‘I’m really excited about this year, because we have the troops in place,’ Whalley Chiefs GM says

Scales of Justice
Court awards woman $167K after vehicle was struck by White Rock taxi in 2016

Plaintiff’s knee injuries and resulting chronic pain disability are genuine, judge rules

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry head for the B.C. legislature press theatre to give a daily update on the COVID-19 pandemic, April 6, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C. nears 300,000 COVID-19 vaccinations, essential workers next

564 new cases, four deaths, no new outbreaks Thursday

Walter Gretzky father of hockey hall-of-famer Wayne Gretzky waves to fans as the Buffalo Sabres play against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Toronto on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Walter Gretzky, father of the Great One, dies at 82

Walter Gretzky, father of the Great One, dies at 82

The B.C. Supreme Court ruled Feb. 26 that the estate of deceased Sooke man and Hells Angels prospect Michael Widner is to be divided between his wife and his secret spouse. (Black Press Media file photo)
Estate of dead B.C. Hells Angels prospect to be divided between wife, secret spouse

Michael Widner’s 2017 death left a number of unanswered questions

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

This Dec. 2, 2020 photo provided by Johnson & Johnson shows vials of its Janssen subsidiary’s COVID-19 vaccine in the United States. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Johnson & Johnson via AP
Canada approves Johnson & Johnson’s 1-shot COVID-19 vaccine

It is the 4th vaccine approved in Canada and the 1st that requires just a single dose

The centre and left lanes just west of the Brunette Exit were blocked westbound on the Trans Canada Highway the morning of Friday, March, 5, 2021. (Drive BC)
UPDATE: Vehicle incident westbound Highway 1 in Coquitlam cleared

Earlier the centre and left lanes were blocked in the area

Walter Gretzky father of hockey hall-of-famer Wayne Gretzky waves to fans as the Buffalo Sabres play against the Toronto Maple Leafs during third period NHL hockey action in Toronto on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Walter Gretzky, father of the Great One, dies at 82

Canada’s hockey dad had battled Parkinson’s disease and other health issues

Municipal Affairs Minister Josie Osborne speaks in the B.C. legislature, March 4, 2021. (Hansard TV)
B.C. Liberals, NDP sing in harmony on local election reforms

Bill regulates paid canvassers, allows people in condo buildings

(National Emergency Management Agency)
No tsunami risk to B.C. from powerful New Zealand earthquake: officials

An 8.1 magnitude earthquake shook the north of New Zealand Thursday morning

Most Read