India farmers stop price freeze on sugar cane


NEW DELHI- Over 12,000 sugarcane farmers demonstrated in New Delhi on Thursday (Nov. 19) to demand higher prices for their crop. They were protesting government announced plans to freeze sugar cane prices.

Central Delhi came to a standstill in the afternoon when the farmers, mostly from North India took to the streets demanding that sugar cane prices be allowed to rise. The farmers arrived in long caravans of buses, many with sugar cane bundles tied to the buses radio antennas. In a militant but festive mood the farmers rallied near the Parliament building to hear speeches – then many formed into spontaneous groups to march throughout the capital waving sugar cane stalks and shouting their demands.

The Indian Parliament was in session and later in the afternoon it was announced by the government that the farmers concerns were heard and that the price freeze would be reconsidered. Jubilant farmers danced in the streets and laughed and joked with Delhi residents before boarding their buses to return home.




Scott Marshall
Scott Marshall

Scott Marshall is a vice chair of the Communist Party and chair of its Labor Commission. Scott grew up in Virginia where he first became active in the civil rights movement in high school, working on voter registration and anti-Klan projects in rural Southern Virginia and Tennessee. He was also active against the war in Vietnam.

Scott has been a life long trade unionist and was active in rank and file reform movements in the Teamsters, Machinists and Steelworkers unions in the 1970s and '80s. He was co-chair of the Save Our Jobs committee of USWA local 1834 at Pullman Standard in Chicago and active in nationwide organizing against plant shutdowns and layoffs. He was a founder of the unemployed organization Jobs or Income Now (Join), in Chicago, and the National Congress of Unemployed Organizations in the 1980s.

Scott has worked for the Communist Party since 1987 when he became the district organizer for the party in Illinois, a post he held until he was elected chair of the National Labor Commission in 1997. Scott remains active in SOAR (Steelworkers Active Organized Retirees). He lives in Chicago.