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Indian Youth Congress (IYC) workers shout slogans during a protest against the new agricultural laws, the rise of unemployment and price rise of goods and services, in New Delhi on India, on February 9Imtiyaz Khan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

working paper by the US National Bureau of Economic Research, that used data from last year’s Black Lives Matter protests, provides a potential insight into why this was the case.

It concluded that people who were least likely to contract the virus, were most likely to attend the protests in America, while those who were high-risk stayed away.

The BLM protests also prompted those who didn’t participate in demonstrations to follow safety protocols more diligently because the protests raised the risk they perceived, the paper noted. The paper’s lead author, economics Professor Dave Dhaval, tells Insider “some of the above factors may be in play” in the farmers’ protest.


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