Thousands of Sikh Americans from Northern California participated in a rally to show their support for the protesting Indian farmers in Sacramento on Dec. 19. Protestors drove west on Highway 50 in a caravan of around 2,000 motorcycles, cars and tractors, as they blocked traffic on roadways to downtown, the Sacramento Bee reported.
“Cars first gathered in one of Sacramento State’s largest parking lots, where several leaders gave speeches and made prayers,” the report said. Many protesters brought handmade signs with messages such as “No Farmers, No Food” and “People > Profit.”
At least 16 Northern California organizations, including the California Sikh Youth Alliance and the UC Davis Cultural Association, sponsored the rally. “This really matters. It affects the lives of so many people. It’s taken the lives of so many people,” Simrat Kaur of the Sikh Student Association at Sacramento State told KCRA3 news network.
“A lot of us have grandparents, parents, cousins, brothers that are farmers. which is why it also matters,” Kaur said. “They deserve to be treated like any other citizen.” A similar rally was held at the Consulate Indian consulate in San Francisco on Dec. 5.