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Thousands of India's Poor Protest for Land Rights

  • VOA News

Thousands of India's poorest people arrived in the capital New Delhi on Sunday at the end of a monthlong march to highlight the problems faceing those left behind by the country's economic development.

The protesters waved flags and chanted slogans calling for the rights to land and water.

Demonstrators say many of India's poor farmers have been forced from their land as rural areas are developed into industrial zones.

The protesters are calling for India to introduce legislation protecting deeds and tenancy rights.

An estimated 20-thousand marchers began the 600-kilometer journey from the central Indian city of Gwalior to New Delhi on October second.

On Monday, protesters will march to India's parliament to press for a single land authority and a fast-track court to settle land disputes.

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