India Political Prisoners’ hunger strike against fascist law and armed units in Jungle Mahal

Jailed rebels on fast

OUR CORRESPONDENT, Telegraph of India

Krishnagar, Aug. 28: A group of suspected Maoists lodged in a Krishnagar jail are on hunger strike since August 24 demanding repeal of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, release of political prisoners, withdrawal of central forces from Jungle Mahal and quick disposal of cases.

Among the 15 Maoists on hunger strike are Chandi Sarkar and Pradip Chatterjee, both state committee members of the CPI (Maoist). The duo figure on the list of 52 political prisoners selected for release following a recommendation by a government-appointed committee. Seventy other convicts and undertrials have joined the fast to express solidarity.

District magistrate Abhinav Chandra said the health of those fasting was being monitored.

An Association for Protection of Democratic Rights team yesterday met the fasting prisoners. “We requested them to call off the hunger strike but they refused. They had fasted on June 23 over these demands but the government did not pay heed. So, they are annoyed,” APDR vice-president Tapas Chakraborty said.

Biswarup Biswas, the jail superintendent, said attempts were on to persuade the prisoners to withdraw their hunger strike. “But they have refused so far.”

Sarkar’s daughter Ranu today said she was concerned about the health of her father and other prisoners. “The state government should at least make a statement,” she said.

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BBC Takes a look at “Life in an Indian Maoist jungle camp”

Jul 19, 2011

“The BBC’s Suvojit Bagchi, who was granted unprecedented access to a Maoist camp in the depths of the Chhattisgarh jungle, describes the rebels’ precarious life.

After eight hours of walking in dense forest, in the early evening we entered a narrow, barren stretch of land hemmed in by hillocks.

At the far end stood a few blue and yellow tents.

Somji, one of the men who collected me between a small town in south Chhattisgarh and the thick central Indian forest, picked up speed as we approached.

A tall man standing guard with a rifle flung over his shoulder whistled and people started rushing towards us.

In under a minute, the camp members stood in formation and began singing a welcome song.

Each member in the queue raised their fist to whisper “lal salaam” – “red salute”.

Mostly aged between 15 and 30 years old, the men and women in the camp wore rubber sandals, olive green battle fatigues and carried guns of various makes.

India’s Maoist rebels say they are fighting for the rights of indigenous tribespeople and the rural poor.”

Egypt: Before the ‘Arab Spring’, a determined underground media exposed and discredited Mubarak

Egypt: How We Did It When the Media Would Not

May 19, 2011

On February 11, 2011 Egyptians toppled dictator Hosni Mubarak. Blogger and viral video producer Aalam Wassef was one of the many people who worked for years to make it happen. This is first in a series on the daily life of
Egypt’s revolution. It’s a manual on how a civil resistance was built to win.

Stone pelters on bikes attack Kashmir police station

SRINAGAR: Over 300 motorcycle-borne stone pelters attacked a police station in this Jammu and Kashmir summer capital, injuring six policemen. Over 70 attackers were arrested and 10 bikes were seized during the clashes, which lasted for five hours, police said Sunday.

As Muslims throughout the Kashmir Valley prayed in mosques to observe ‘Shab-e-Qadr’ — the holiest night according to the Muslim calendar — the stone pelters attacked a police station Saturday night, trying to re-enact the unrest witnessed here last year.

As security forces were busy facilitating the smooth conduct of prayers at various mosques in the city, the men attacked the old city’s Nowhatta police station, a police statement said here. Continue reading

Libya protest against moves to establish rebel power with superficially retro-fitted Gaddafi-ites

[It is important to note that former Gaddafi-regime officials, now in the NTC, are urging the NATO forces to continue.  These same officials, and others in the Gaddafi regime, had maintained the friendly and collaborative US-Gaddafi relationship in recent years until the emerging revolt six months ago crippled Gaddafi’s dependability as a deal-maker with the US, then the US turned its attention to controlling the rebel forces instead.  Some of the Gaddafi officials who had kept the regime’s relations with the US, jumped off the sinking Gaddafi ship and joined the rebel forces, often in commanding positions. — Frontlines ed.]

Dissent in Libya against NTC nominations

AlJazeeraEnglish on Aug 28, 2011

The NTC has been nominating members for a new government, but there is public resistance to the appointments. Libyans have held protests within the country accusing the NTC of not being transparent enough.

Al Jazeera’s Andrew Simmons, reporting from a protest in Misrata, said: “They [the protesters] say the old guard of the Gaddafi regime are far too prominent in the list of people issued so far.

“They are also insisting there should be new faces for a new Libya.”

Al Jazeera’s Andrew Simmons reporting from Misrata.

San Francisco: A report on the Struggles against Displacement and the Indian State’s War on People

Report on Talk by Partho Sarathi Ray in San Francisco – August 23, 2011

An important public event was held on the evening of August 23, 2011, in San Francisco, when Partho Sarathi Ray, an activist who is a member of  Sanhati, and a molecular biologist by profession, reported on the peoples movements in India.  Illustrating his talk with the many photos he has taken as an activist working with these popular struggles, as well as a video by the activist film-making group Canvas, Ray focused his report around the West Bengal area of Lalgarh, where since 2008 there has been a massive and militant uprising of the adivasi or indigenous people.  This movement–which began in the aftermath of the brutal repression let loose by the state government in the wake of the landmine blast by the Communist Party of India (Maoist) in protest of the government’s attempt to impose a Special Economic Zone in the region for construction of a steel plant– raised to a new level the forces of popular struggle and revolution in India.  The Lalgarh adivasi communities took the lead in their own self-organization, forming institutions of local democratic governance, participatory economic development and cultural autonomy that offer an alternate model for society in opposition to the corrupt and oppressive regime of the parliamentary parties.  In close alliance with the revolutionary forces of the CPI (Maoist), and other progressive forces, they have shown a way forward in India that rests on the interests of the vast majority of the people, rather than corporations and the rich. Continue reading