STORY: Protesting Indian farmers on Friday (February 23) burnt effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other ministers in continued calls for higher prices for their crops.Thousands had begun marching to Delhi last week, but have been halted by security forces 125 miles north of the capital, pushed back with water cannons and tear gas.Farmer Amandeep Kaur says they must push on."If we don't get the minimum support price then we might die here facing bullets or we'll die back home due to poverty, so it is better that we stay here fighting for our rights."After days of clashes, protests were put on pause on Wednesday (February 21) following the death of a protestor in Punjab's Sangrur district, which farmers blamed on police aggression.A senior district police officer said the cause of death would only be known after an autopsy.The man's family have been offered $120,000 compensation, but farmer leaders have rejected that and refused the autopsy until a murder case is registered.Amnesty International condemned the protester's death and urged the government to "respect, protect and facilitate the right to freedom of peaceful assembly."A group donned black turbans and carried flags to observe a "Black Friday" to mark the young protestors death.General Secretary of the Farmer's Union Sarwan Singh Pandher."We appeal to our 1.4 billion countrymen to place black flags on their rooftops, houses, all vehicles so we can express our anger towards the government over their actions."The farmer's fight has been bolstered by Nihang Sikhs, a warrior sect dating back to the 1600s.India's minority Sikh community makes for more than half of Punjab's 30 million population, and the Nihangs took part in a similar, year-long farmers' protest in 2021.Warrior Sher Singh said that they had to be prepared should the farmers face any trouble, "even in the middle of the night''."Black Friday" will be followed by a tractor rally on highways on Monday (February 26) and a public meeting next month, as the farmers seek to expand their protest against the government just months before elections.