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Archive for August 3rd, 2009

Jilin Steel: Workers revolt in China

Posted by Admin on August 3, 2009


China_Chinese_Riot_Police_Workers_Revolt_Proteste_lavoratori_2This article was published on AsiaNews.it. Thanks to D for pointing this out.

Chinese workers beat manager to death; farmers block highway

Jilin, a large steel company to cut 30 thousand jobs as part of restructuring program, sparking workers protest. In Zhejiang approximately 30 thousand villagers block the highway accusing local authorities of corruption and pocketing compensation for expropriated lands.

“Meanwhile the authorities announced today that, for now, there will be no lay-offs from Tonghua Iron and Steel Group, in Jilin, industry leaders, after infuriated workers killed manager Chen Guojun.”

Beijing (AsiaNews / Agencies), July 27 – The economic crisis in China is a powder keg ready to explode, for the terrible injustice against small farmers and workers. In Jilin workers attack and kill a manager, after the announcement of 30 thousand layoffs, at Shipu (Zhejiang) about 30 thousand residents block a highway, clashing with police, in protest against the corruption of local authorities, resulting in dozens injured and arrested. According to the Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, the people of Shipu accuse local authorities of having pocketed money that was intended as compensation for their expropriated land, about 320 hectares for the firm Changguo Saltern. The farmers are protesting that the land is worth three times what they were offered. Read the rest of this entry »

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Uttar Pradesh: Farmers protest against acquisition of land for international airport in Kushinagar

Posted by Admin on August 3, 2009


naxal_schoolJULY 5th, KUSHINAGAR – Farmers in Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh have staged a protest against the acquisition of their land for an international airport.

The place is connected by road only.

Although it has an airstrip, it is not enough to meet increasing volume of tourists from across the world.

The government had hence taken a decision to develop an international airport in the city.

The land required for the airport site is cultivable and the farmers who own the land are not willing to part with it, as it is their only source of livelihood.

Farmers from two villages fear losing their land and homes to the airport site, whereas farmers from six more villages may lose their cultivable land. Read the rest of this entry »

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48 hr general strike in Manipur against fake encounter killing

Posted by Admin on August 3, 2009


Naked women protestors shout slogans against the alleged rape, torture and murder of Thangjam Manorama by paramilitary soldiers in Imphal, capital of northeastern Indian state of Manipur, Thursday, July 15, 2004.

Naked women protestors shout slogans against the alleged rape, torture and murder of Thangjam Manorama by paramilitary soldiers in Imphal, capital of northeastern Indian state of Manipur, Thursday, July 15, 2004.

IMPHAL – Normal life in Manipur was disrupted on Monday by a 48-hour general strike called by a social organisation in protest against the killing of a youth in an alleged fake encounter.

An organization Apunb Lup (A L) called for the general strike after a section of the media called the encounter as fake and published the pictures.

According to official sources the youth identified as Ch Sanjit (27) was a militant and killed in an encounter with police commandos on July 23 at Imphal market complex.

But Apunb Lup and other social organizations claimed that, Sanjit was innocent and killed in a fake encounter.

Markets, shops and business establishments remained closed in the state due to the strike.

Transportation services in Manipur and neighboring states have also been affected by the strike.

According to sources, government offices and banks witnessed very poor attendance. The strike is getting good response in both the valley and the hill districts.

Meanwhile, condemning the alleged fake encounter, the United Committee of Manipur and several other outfits have demanded the resignation of Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh. The organization also alleged that Ibobi Singh is indulging in the state sponsored terrorism. (ANI)

Realated Post: Women Rage Against ‘Rape’ in Northeast India

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Maoists surge, State dithers

Posted by Admin on August 3, 2009


It’s abysmal lack of development and injustice which have provided the Maoists a fertile ground to spread. But the State seems clueless
Rakhi Chakrabarty Delhi

The operation of the joint forces at Lalgarh in West Bengal to flush out the Maoists was hailed by the media. It was the first well-coordinated joint operation by central and state forces.

The success of this operation will determine if this will be tried out in other states reeling under Maoist violence. Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar and Orissa account for 80 per cent of the violence caused by the Maoists. There are plans to launch joint operations in all states affected by the Maoist problem in October. A big hurdle is the paucity of security forces.

Political leaders and senior police officers in the know admit that the joint operation in Lalgarh happened at the “instigation” of Union home minister, P Chidambaram. “The HM called up Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and proposed a joint action in Lalgarh. The Bengal CM immediately gave his nod, even before he consulted his cabinet colleagues or his party,” a senior MHA official told Hardnews. Read the rest of this entry »

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An article on Lalgarh

Posted by Admin on August 3, 2009


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Forget Maoists, West Bengal’s Left Front has lost its social constituency through years of inaction

The situation in Lalgarh in West Bengal’s Midnapore district, still precariously poised, seems to have been overtaken by generous helpings of farce in nearby Kolkata and distant Delhi. Union Home Minister P Chidambaram kept urging West Bengal to ban Red ultras even as he completed the formality of notifying the cpi-Maoists as a proscribed organization countrywide. He might not have bothered had he been up to speed with the situation in the state.

Chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has been talking about a political campaign against the Maoists for a while, especially since the attack on his convoy near Salboni (near Lalgarh) in November last year.

Now, in the wake of the ban, he has announced a three-pronged strategy: police action, political campaigning and development.

The fact, however, is that for at least a year Maoist sympathizers, not insurgents, have been the soft targets of the government and cpi(m) cadres. Several have been incarcerated on charges ranging from pasting posters to being in the possession of what is presumably ‘incendiary’ literature. The role of the party cadre and the highly irregular proceedings against people who can at best be described as propagandists was dramatically publicized when the police tried to barge into the accommodations of some students of Jadavpur University with no authorization soon after the Salboni attack. It was only concerted and immediate opposition from the student and teaching community of the university followed by a public outcry that scotched this proceeding. Read the rest of this entry »

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Prachanda slams India for its operations against CPI Maoist

Posted by Admin on August 3, 2009


prachandaKATHMANDU: Nepal’s Maoists chairman Prachanda has criticized India and Sri Lanka for allegedly “suppressing” the extremist outfits in the two countries and said his party would renew its ties with the international fraternal groups.

“The military action of Sri Lankan government against the armed group LTTE and Indian government’s armed action against Indian Maoists in Lalgarh are deplorable acts,” he said while addressing media persons here yesterday.

The Maoists’ have also decided to strengthen their ties with all the Marxists, Leninist and Maoist parties of the world.

“It is our policy to support any movement launched by the Maoists anywhere in the world and we oppose suppression of such struggle by the government,” Maoist central secretariat member Narayankaji Shrestha ‘Prakash’ said.

The Maoists’ central committee meeting has decided to renew its fraternal relations with international organizations having similar ideologies such as RIM (Revolutionary International Movement) and COMPOSA (Coordination Committee of Maoist Parties and Organisations of South Asia) and other international communist bodies.

“We will not tolerate any action by the state against our international fraternal organisations,” Maoists’ Foreign Affairs Department chief C P Gajurel said. TOI

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Whose land is it anyway?: An article on Koraput land struggle

Posted by Admin on August 3, 2009


After decades of condemnation, tribals in western Orissa have liberated their land. Interestingly, in this Maoist stronghold, this unique movement is non-violent

Bibhuti Pati Narayanpatna, Koraput (Orissa)

The undivided Koraput district in western Orissa has acquired notoriety because of the Maoists literally taking over the dense hilly and forest areas, inhabited by tribal communities, still trapped in the vicious trap of infinite poverty, injustice and underdevelopment. The Maoists’ presence stretch across the landscape and beyond to Ganjam, Malkangiri, Rayagada, and across the tense border zones of Jharkhand, Orissa and Andhra Pradesh.

Strangely, even as the national media focuses on Maoists, it has ignored a unique, militant and non-violent mass movement of the tribals which is as big a story as the land struggle in Nandigram, or the people’s resistance in Lalgarh. Indeed, there have been isolated incidents of violence, but largely, the movement has been peaceful. And the truth is, it has been a big success. Read the rest of this entry »

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Police arrest Maoist commander of Bihar Regional Committee

Posted by Admin on August 3, 2009


naxal-explosive-seized-in-bihar_26RANCHI: In a major breakthrough, police arrested a Maoist commander of Bihar Regional Committee (BRC), Pradyuman Sharma alias Kundanji, while he
was travelling in a passenger train on Sunday.

Sharma, a hardcore Maoist operating in Gaya, Rohtas, Aurangabad districts of Bihar and Chatra, Latehar and Garhwa districts of Jharkhand, was earlier lodged in Gaya jail.

Sharma was travelling in Barkakana-Mughalsarai passenger train and had boarded the train at Dehri-on-Sone railway station on Sunday. Incidentally, it is the same train which was hijacked by the Maoists, with the support of villagers, in May.

The Latehar police had received information that Sharma had boarded the train which passes through Latehar district. The train was stopped just before Latehar railway station and each bogie of the train was searched by the CRPF and district police personnel.

Jharkhand police spokesperson and IG (provision) SN Pradhan said: “Sharma was likely to be promoted as Bihar-Jharkhand Special Area Committee (BJSAC) member soon. Apart from Bihar, he was operating in Chatra, Latehar and Garhwa districts in Jharkhand.”

Sources said no arm was recovered from Sharma’s possession. He is being interrogated at the CRPF camp. Sharma kept changing his identity during interrogation, but later succumbed to the police pressure and gave some important information about the outfit.

Police claimed Sharma is one of the biggest catches in recent times and the information given by him would help them in anti-Naxal operations. TOI

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Maoists free run in Lalgarh continues

Posted by Admin on August 3, 2009


LalgarhMIDNAPORE: Maoists shot dead two CPM leaders and issued posters threatening to kill six other Marxist leaders in West Midnapore district as violence continued unabated in strife-torn Lalgrah, despite over a month-old operation by joint security forces.

Nirmal Mahato, CPM branch committee secretary of Amdanga, was shot dead by Maoists, claiming he was killed for exploiting poor villagers, police said. Maoists then blocked the Amdanga-Lalgarh road felling boulders preventing security forces from raiding the area.

The attack came barely 10 hours after Maoists gunned down CPM local leader Kalipada Singh at Chirugora village last night. A gang of 15 Maoist cadre stormed into Singh’s house and killed him on the spot for alleged corrupt practices. Maoists declared that Singh, convenor of CPM-backed Police Santras Pratirodh Committee, was ‘given death sentence’ in their ‘kangaroo court’ recently, the police said.

In another development, panic spread as posters (supposedly put by Maoist rebels) came up in Goaltore, Midnapore Sadar, Salboni and Jhargram warning six CPM leaders, including CPM zonal committee secretary of Jhargram Rabi Sarkar, of ‘justice’ at the kangaroo court very soon.

A large posse of security forces comprising central paramilitary troopers and West Bengal state police personnel , deployed for the last six weeks to flush out the rebels from the area, combed Amdanga and adjoining villages and detained Anil Mahato — brother of the agitating tribal body People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA) leader Chhatradhar Mahato — and five school students.

Despite the state government launching the massive security operation June 18 to free the area from Maoist guerrillas, killings of CPM leaders have been going on unabated. The rebels have also abducted four policemen in the past one week. TOI

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