India: Maoists to protest Obama visit

Mohua Chatterjee,TNN | Jan 13, 2015

NEW DELHI: At a time when the government is busy with security preparations for US President Barack Obama’s arrival to be the chief guest at the 65th Republic Day celebrations on January 26 here, the Maoists have called out to people to “condemn and boycott” the visit.

“In protest of calling him to be the chief guest at the at the Republic Day celebrations, we call upon people to observe 26th January as a day of protest and to boycott all the meetings,” a written statement issued by the Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee of the CPI (Maoist), dated January 5, said.

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PM Modi with US President Barack Obama at the White House in September 2014.

According to the statement issued by the Maoist party spokesperson Gudsa Usendi, rallies will be organised across the country with the slogan “Obama go back.”

The banned extreme Left party also plans to distribute pamphlets, put up posters, banners, hold meetings and demonstrations and burn effigies of Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to register their protest and reach the masses in cities as well as in villages.

Calling Obama “the gang leader of American imperialism” the Maoist party statement says: “American imperialism is the number one enemy of the oppressed masses and nationalities of the world. It is the biggest terrorist and its gang leader. Obama has no moral right to touch down on our mother land,” Usendi stated on behalf of his party.

Hitting out at the Modi government for its reform moves, the Maoist party said, “Make in India, Made in India are nothing but loot in India call to foreign capitalists.” Implying that the banned Maoists will continue its violence against the authorities, the statement appealed to people to “come forward to construct a powerful, militant and organised people’s movement against Modi’s Hindutva fascist government and fight American imperialists and terrorists.

During Obama’s visit, US and Indian military will discuss sales of the drone RQ-11 “Raven” built by AeroVironment Inc, a small US firm. Raven is the world’s most widely used unmanned aircraft, a lightweight plane that can be used manually, or for autonomous operations, utilising the system’s advanced avionics and GPS navigation. Each Raven costs about $35,000, but the total system costs around $250,000.


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