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03 Dec 2020 | 10:56 AM UTC

India: Farmers threaten protests in western Odisha State, India, from Dec. 5

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Farmers threaten protests in western Odisha State, India, from Dec. 5; increased security and transport disruptions likely, clashes possible

TIMEFRAME expected from 12/3/2020, 12:00 AM until 12/5/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION Odisha state

Event

Farmers affiliated with the Western Odisha Farmer Organizations Coordination Committee (WOFOCC) are threatening to protest across western parts of Odisha State from Dec. 5. Organizers intend to protest over alleged irregularities in the state's crop procurement process. Protesters will commence the demonstrations if the government fails to address the irregularities by Dec. 4. If the protests go ahead, gatherings are likely in urban centers. Popular protest locations include government buildings, monuments, and public squares. Larger rallies may involve hundreds of people.

Security personnel will likely monitor protests and may enforce coronavirus disease (COVID-19) gathering restrictions. Clashes between police and protesters are possible, especially if security forces forcibly attempt to disperse demonstrators. Localized transport disruptions are possible, as protesters may block or march along roadways.

Advice

Monitor trusted local media sources for updates on protests and road conditions, as organizers may not announce gathering locations in advance. Avoid all protests due to possible clashes. If violence breaks out, leave the area immediately. Follow all security personnel instructions. Allow additional travel time near demonstrations.

 

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