Left MP faces barrage of racism and misogyny for support for farmers fighting attempt to force new system onto them – but stands firm
The mainstream media reported on Wednesday evening that singer Rihanna, activist Greta Thunberg and others had ‘angered’ the Indian government by commenting on the protest by Indian farmers against new laws the farmers say will result in their farms being ‘eaten up’ by big businesses – and the Indian government’s decision to cut off internet access relied on by the protesters.
To date, however, no ‘mainstream’ press or broadcaster has bothered to report the horrific abuse directed at Labour MP Claudia Webbe for simply tweeting support for the farmers.
That abuse ranges from misogynistic to racist – and appears to have followed a tweet by London deputy mayor Rajesh Agrawal, who attacked Webbe for tweeting a meme – created by others – supporting the farmers. Agrawal deleted his tweet after SKWAWKBOX submitted a request for comment, but the mayor’s office did not provide comment on questions about why the deputy to London’s Labour mayor was attacking a Labour MP or whether Agrawal had made any statement of support for the farmers on his own behalf.
Below is just a tiny fraction of the torrent of hateful comments:
The abuse also included threats of rape and violence. However, Ms Webbe stood firm and repeatedly reaffirmed her support for the protesting farmers.
A small number of supportive comments did something to offset the horror of the abuse:
Webbe was also able to point to the success of a parliamentary petition on the issue, which is now eligible for debate at Westminster:
But the media’s failure to cover the abuse directed toward her, when she has publicly commented on it and drawn attention to it, is shameful.
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