On Sunday, following a live stream, the Facebook and Instagram pages of Kisan Ekta Morcha (KEM), a social media page created to share the updates of the protesting farmers, were temporarily blocked for allegedly infringing Facebook’s community standards on spam. However, the accounts were restored three hours later.
The Twitter handle of Kisan Ekta Morcha later shared a screenshot of the Facebook notification claiming ‘page has been unpublished.’
In another tweet, the KEM wrote, “Now this is #TooMuchDemocracy. A peaceful protest by Kisan and Facebook deletes @Kisanektamorcha Facebook page.
However, later a Twitter user wrote, “Breaking #MarkZuckerberg to be nominated to Rajya Sabha. @Facebook.” On Sunday, the protests by farmers against the controversial farm bills entered the 25th day.
Meanwhile, the agitating farmers have started their day-long 'relay' hunger strike at all sites of protest on Delhi's borders with Haryana and Uttar Pradesh today. The protesting farmers will organise the strike in batches. The first batch has 11 members.
On Sunday, the government sent a new letter to the 40 farm leaders asking them to suggest a date to organise another round of talks to discuss their problems.
Earlier, the SKM, a group of 400 all-India farmer organisations, announced that in addition to the hunger strike, they would halt toll collection on Haryana's highways for three days- from December 25 to 27. As a part of intensifying their agitation, the members and supporters of SKM has also decided to beat utensils during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Mann Ki Baat' programme. They have also urged Indians settled abroad to conduct a protest at India's embassies on December 26 marking their solidarity with the protesting farmers.
Moreover, the farm leaders have decided to visit the residences of the leaders of BJP's alliance partners to submit a memorandum seeking the repeal of new farm bills on December 25 and 26.