"They cut the internet around New Delhi?!"
Mia Khalifa is another international personality who has expressed her support for the ongoing Farmers’ Protest in India.
The former adult star shared a picture from the protests and questioned about the internet being cut in New Delhi.
On Twitter, she wrote:
“What in the human rights violations is going on?!
“They cut the internet around New Delhi?! #FarmersProtest.”
The picture featured a male protestor holding a placard which said:
“Stop killing farmers!”
What in the human rights violations is going on?! They cut the internet around New Delhi?! #FarmersProtest pic.twitter.com/a5ml1P2ikU
— Mia K. (@miakhalifa) February 3, 2021
Her tweet went viral and it led to a range of comments.
Many thanked her for using her platform to bring the issue into the spotlight on a global scale.
One wrote: “Thanks a lot for your concern dear. You can see how they are treating farmers and violating human rights.”
Another said: “Thanks for your awareness. This is happening as we speak.”
However, some netizens made crude remarks in relation to her previous career as an adult film star.
Others argued that she was only taking the side of the farmers, while pictures of injured police officers were being shown.
Some even claimed that she was paid to tweet about the Farmers’ Protest.
Mia Khalifa’s tweet came after the likes of singer Rihanna and teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg tweeted their support for the farmers.
Rihanna shared a CNN article and wrote: “Why aren’t we talking about this?”.
Greta Thunberg tweeted: “We stand in solidarity with the #FarmersProtest in India.”
This resulted in other personalities expressing their solidarity with the farmers.
UK MP Claudia Webbe wrote: “Solidarity to the Indian Farmers. Thank you Rihanna.
“In an era where political leadership is lacking, we are grateful for others stepping forward.”
Meena Harris, author and niece of US Vice President Kamala Harris, said:
“It’s no coincidence that the world’s oldest democracy was attacked not even a month ago, and as we speak, the most populous democracy is under assault.”
“This is related. We ALL should be outraged by India’s internet shutdowns and paramilitary violence against farmer protesters.
“Militant nationalism is just as potent a force in US politics as it is in India or anyplace else.
“It can only be stopped if people wake up to the reality that FASCIST DICTATORS aren’t going anywhere.”
However, the wave of support has led to conspiracies that they are acts of propaganda in order to defame the Indian Government.
This prompted India to call the tweets, “ill-informed” and “unwarranted”.
In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs said:
“Before rushing to comment on such matters, we would urge that the facts be ascertained, and a proper understanding of the issues at hand be undertaken.
“The temptation of sensationalist social media hashtags and comments, especially when resorted to by celebrities and others, is neither accurate nor responsible.”
Farmers have been protesting on the different borders of the national capital since November 26, 2020, against the three newly enacted farm laws.
While the government says it will benefit them, they say they will be left at the mercy of big corporations and put their livelihoods at risk.