Source: Marxist updates
Citizens protest against war orchestration of Chidambaram and chief ministers in Kolkata: A report
By Partho Sarathi Ray, Sanhati. February 9 2010
The citizens of West Bengal again came out on the streets, braving state repression, to loudly declare that they will not allow P Chidambaram and the chief ministers to plot their genocidal plans in the heart of the city
Banner: Murderer Chidambaram go back!
Around 2000 people participated in a lively and militant march from College Square to the Metro Channel. Many organizations such as MKP, IFTU, APDR, Bandi Mukti Committee, SEZ-Birodhi Prachar Mancha, Lalgarh Mancha, Samrajyabadbirodhi Mancha, various students’ organizations and numerous individuals participated.
Also participating was a large contingent of the people from Nonadanga, who have been evicted there from the slums, and who identify their eviction with the eviction of adivasis from their land and resources.
Mahasweta Devi was present in College Square from where the march began. In the beginning, the police set up a barricade with lathi and shield-wielding policemen in front of the gates of College Square and said that they would not allow the march to proceed. After rounds of altercations and negotiations, there was direct physical confrontation between the police and the protesters and when protesters forcibly broke the barricades and went forward, they had to allow the march to proceed.
The march then continued unhindered till the Esplanade area. There were slogans ranging from “Chidambaram go back”, to “Vedantar dalal Chidambaram Tatar dalal Budhhadeb ek hai ek hai” to “Lalgarh-er janaganer bullet noy khadya chai” (we demand food, not bullets, for the people of Lalgarh).
The march ended with the burning of effigies of Chidambaram and Buddhadeb at the crossing of S N Banerjee Road and J L Nehru Road. Then participants of the march went and joined the demonstration that had been organized by a forum of ML parties at the Metro Channel where the speakers condemned operation Green Hunt and the state repression on activists, rights workers and trade unionists in the name of combating Maoists.
MKP banner: Down with the State terror Chidambaram-Buddha-Mamata!
While this was going on the members of the West Bengal State Govt. employees union (Nabaparjay) held a loud demonstration and a march through the corridors of the Writer’s building in protest against the meeting.
Chidambaram left through a back gate for the meeting with the new agent of Delhi in the Raj Bhawan, M.K. Narayanan.
(Nabaparjay is a militant left-wing anti-CPI(M) union of state government employees, which came out of the Coordination Committee in 1979, because some state government employees thought that the Left Front was deviating from what it had promised. They have 85000 members all over West Bengal and are a major ground force behind the SEZ-Birodhi Manch.)
Banner: Nonadanga Jankalyan Samiti
Banner: Samrajyabad Birodhi Gana Manch (front), Lalgarh Manch (middle), IFTU (back)
Call for protest on February 9 2010
On 9th February, at Kolkata, P Chidambaram is meeting with the chief ministers of West Bengal, Jharkhand, Orissa and Chattisgarh, to chalk out the war strategies against the people in the forested regions east-central India. In protest, a wide range of mass organisations have called for observing the 9th February as a Black Day and have demanded –
(1) The joint forces operating in the jangal mahal areas must be withdrawn.
(2) The UAPA and all other Black laws must be repealed,
(3) Operation Green Hunt must be withdrawn.
As part of the protest, a mass rally is being organised in Kolkata on 9th February. It starts at 11:30am from College Square.
This is a direct challenge to the citizens of Kolkata – only by descending on the streets of city in large numbers, it would be possible to express our anger and loudest protest at the plans of the governments to wage a murderous war against our own people. We urge everyone to join in this mass protest.
Message from Mahasweta Devi –
The combined forces are firing on peaceful masses. People are dying. Children don’t go to school. They are hungry. Schools are police camps. All with taxpayer’s money. Asim Dasgupta allots 30 crs to combined forces. Our money kills the poor. Chidambaram will meet Buddha to kill more. Everyone protest. Observe BLACK DAY on February 9. All come to rally at College Square at 11.30 a.m. Bring placards and posters, not organizational banners.