Protesters burn photos of Greta Thunberg, Rihanna, after celebrities wade into India farmer unrest

Demonstrators burned photos of Greta Thunberg and Rihanna.
Demonstrators burned photos of Greta Thunberg and Rihanna. Photo credit: Getty

Protesters in India have burned photos of Greta Thunberg and Rihanna after the celebrities showed their support for the country's farmers.

India's farmers have been protesting for months now, after the Government introduced a number of new agriculture laws in September last year.

The Bills proposed loosening the rules that protect Indian farmers from the uncertainty of the free market. 

Since late 2020, thousands of farmers have been camping out on the outskirts of Delhi in a bid to send a message to the country's leaders.

Last month the government said it would suspend implementation of the laws and offered some concessions, however Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ruled out abandoning them altogether.

Now, the protests have received some high-profile support and farming leaders say they are planning on scaling up their protests.

Earlier this week Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg shared a link to an article about the protests on Twitter, writing "We stand in solidarity with the #FarmersProtest in India". She also shared an online toolkit for people who wanted to help the protesters.

Pop star Rihanna also shared an article online, asking her Twitter followers "Why aren't we talking about this?"

Following the celebrities' show of support furious demonstrators burned photos of Thunberg and Rihanna, according to the Daily Mail, with activists from the religious organisation the United Hindu Front gathering in New Delhi on Thursday.  

The group held signs saying India would "not tolerate interference in internal affairs" and burned photos of the pair, the Daily Mail reported.

According to NBC News, Delhi police also opened a case file against the creators of the protest toolkit after it was shared by Thunberg.

India's foreign ministry called the celebrities' comments "neither accurate nor responsible", Reuters reported, saying only "a very small section of farmers" had issues with the new laws and were aiming to mobilise international support against India.