NEW DELHI: India’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and some other leaders ‘comments on the farmers’ movement are “unacceptable” in the internal affairs of the country, India said on Friday.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Canadian diplomats were told that such measures would have “serious damages” on bilateral relations if continued.
Trudeau, who supports agitating farmers in India, said Canada was always there to protect the rights of peaceful protests, and expressed concern over the situation.
“The Canadian High Commissioner was summoned to the Foreign Ministry today and informed the Prime Minister of Canada, some Cabinet Ministers and Members of Parliament that it was unacceptable interference in our internal affairs on matters relating to Indian farmers,” the MEA said.
These comments by Canadian leaders have prompted a “meeting of militant activities” in front of the Canadian Indian High Commission and the Consulate, raising concerns about safety and security, the MEA said.
“We expect the Canadian government to ensure the full security of the Indian diplomatic staff and its political leaders, staying away from slogans that legitimize militant activism,” the MEA said.
Canadian Indian Minister of Defense Harjit Sajjan was also concerned about reports of “peaceful protesters being brutalized in India”.
“There are reports of peaceful protesters being brutalized in India. Many of my constituents have family there and are worried about the safety of their loved ones. Healthy democracies allow peaceful protests.
For the past nine days, thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana and several other states have been protesting against the three agrarian laws.
The farmers and the government are negotiating on this.

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