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Delhi : May 4 Protest Dharna against Assault on Democratic Rights

PRESS RELEASE May 4, 2010

In protest against the mounting atrocities and assaults on people and their democratic rights ever since the UPA-2 Government came into power at the Centre almost a year ago with Manmohan Singh as the Prime Minister, a dharna was organized by civil and democratic rights organizations, people's organizations, students organizations, trade unions at the Jantar Mantar on the 4th May 2010.

While addressing the dharna many of the speakers talked about the increasing detention, incarceration and witch hunt of various activists and leaders of people's organizations. Many of the speakers pointed about the complicity of the media in this vicious campaign of the Indian state to stifle all voices of dissent. Among the speakers who addressed included Neelabh, progressive writer, GN Saibaba Forum Against War on People, Mrigank of the Nav Jawan Bharat Sabha, Shoma Sen CAVOW, Arjun Prasad Singh, PDFI, advocate Rajesh Tyagi, Anees Campus Front of India, Vijendra JNU Forum Against War on People, Munishwar CPDM etc.

All struggles in defence of land, of mineral resources, for defense of democratic rights are the targets of the government. Anyone who are daring to raise their voice against the anti-people, pro-corporate, policies of the government have become the target of state repression in the form of an undeclared emergency.

In this context what is of significance is the concerted effort of the government in the form of a legislated ban followed by a media blitz of the banning of the CPI (Maoist) and naming every protest or movement against the anti-people policies of the government as Naxalite/Maoist. Day by day the jails are being filled with more and more people who are raising their voice for their right to livelihood, against displacement and destitution.

Even the news that is coming out in the form of atrocities constitutes only the tip of the iceberg. Some of the instances that have come to the notice as per media reports in the last four months are the killing of scores of adivasis in the villages in Chhattisgarh; the death in custody on 2nd February 2010 of Swapan Das Gupta, the Editor of Bangla People's March who was arrested under UAPA; Lalmohan Tudu, President of PCAPA who was picked up and shot dead by the paramilitary forces on 23rd February 2010; the incarceration of thousands of adivasi people from Jharkhand, Jangalmahal, Orissa, Gadchiroli and Chhattisgarh; the cold blooded murder of Wadeka Singana the President of Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sanghathan by the police on 20th November 2009, in Narayanpatna; the framing of Gananath Patra and Tapan Mallick two leaders associated with the struggle.

In Kalinga Nagar, 28 platoons of the police moved against the struggle of Visthapan Virodhi Jan Manch, and 16 adivasis were injured in police firing on 30th March 2010. The police atrocities are continuing in this area. Three districts near Allahabad in UP have been declared 'Naxalite infested' and no mass activity is allowed. 17 leaders of AIKMS have been arrested under the Gangster Act in UP. Over 600 peasant and agriculture worker leaders in Punjab, fighting on the issue of electricity were arrested in the last week of March 2010. Thousands are in jails across the country and are being tortured for allegedly being Naxalite/ Maoist sympathisers. People's organisations like the PUCL, IAPL, PUDR, RDF, PDFI, CRPP, APDR, DSU, etc. and their activists have been falsely implicated by the government.

An undeclared emergency now prevails in the country in the wake of this war on people, which has been named Operation Green Hunt, and the Indian State's aggressive assault on democratic spaces and people's resistance. All the speakers stressed about the need to further strengthen the people's movement against such vilification campaign and every attempt of the state to stifle every democratic voice.

A number trade unions and people's organizations participated in the dharna and spoke against the indiscriminate arrests of trade unionists like Gopal Mishra, and Anu, women's activists in Delhi and all parts of the country in voice.

 

Organisations participated:

Campaign for Peace & Democracy Manipur (CPDM), Campus Front of India, Committee Against Violence On Women (CAVOW), Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners (CRPP), CPI (ML) (New Proletarian), Delhi General Mazdoor Front (DGMF), Democratic Students' Union (DSU), International Association of People's Lawyers India, Kashipur Solidarity Group, Krantikari Lok Adhikar Sanghatan (KLAS), Krantikari Yuva Sanghathan (KYS), Manipur Students' Association Delhi, Mazdoor Ekta Manch (MEM), Mehanatkash Mazdoor Morcha (MMM), Naga People's Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR), Naga Students Union, Delhi (NSUD), Nari Mukti Sangh (NMS), Navjawan Bharat Sabha (NBS), PCC CPI(ML), PDSU, People's Front (PF), Popular Front of India, Pratidhwani,  People's Democratic Front of India (PDFI), Peoples' Democratic Front of India (PUDR), PUCL, Radical Notes, Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF).