India summoned Canada's High Commissioner to New Delhi to chastise him for speaking out in support of protested farmers by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Writes about this The Independent.
These are demonstrations that are taking place throughout India, including near the capital, New Delhi. Tens of thousands of people criticize the local government for reforms: they are aimed at privatizing the agricultural sector. Farmers fear that after this the government will curtail government purchases of agricultural products.
In his comment, Trudeau expressed concern about the situation and stressed that Canada will always protect peaceful protesters. In response, the Indian authorities rebuked him for extremism and an attempt to interfere in the country's internal affairs. In addition, the country's Foreign Ministry accused the Canadian prime minister of the fact that his words “contributed to the holding of protests” at the Indian consulate in Canada.
“We expect that the Canadian government will ensure the complete safety of Indian diplomatic personnel, and that the country's political leaders will refrain from statements that legitimize extremist activity,” the Foreign Ministry spokesman said.