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India police fire water cannon at land protest

Indian police fired water cannon and baton-charged demonstrators at a protest near parliament Monday against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s land reforms, which opponents say will harm millions of farmers.

Hundreds of protesters, led by the opposition Congress party, tried to break through barricades erected to stop them marching on parliament over a controversial land bill, one of Modi’s key reforms.

“It is anti-farmer and it also endangers the food security of the country,” senior Congress party spokesman Anand Sharma told TV channels.

“This government has opened the door to acquire farmers’ land, multi-crop land for the private sector, which is unacceptable.”

Police armed with long wooden sticks hosed and beat back protesters who had jumped over barricades.

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