Greece: Disability activists protest government “austerity budget” cuts

13 December 2011 — More than a thousand of disabled people protested against government cuts and their impact on key benefits such as the disability living allowance, and disability pension.
Waving placards with slogans such as “No to dismantling the welfare state” and “Protect disabled from the misery, poverty and exclusion”, disabled people took to the streets of Athens center to protest at the government’s spending cuts.

The protesters, many of whom had never been on a demonstration before, included people who are virtually immobile with supporters, relatives, charities and friends.

In front of the Greek Parliament Riot Police closed the road not allowing them to go near the Prime Minister Hall, where they wanted to deliver their requests.

India: 10,000 rally, demand release of political prisoners; prisoners on hunger strike

APDR demands release of political prisoners

Sujoy Khanra, TNN

JHARGRAM, June 24, 2011: The state government was yet to initiate measures to expedite the release of political prisoners, it was alleged at a rally organized by the Association for Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR) at Midnapore town on Thursday. Several mass organizations, including the PCPA and the Santras, Durniti o Samrajyabadi Aggrassion Birodhi Ganatantrik Mancha – the banner under which PCPA leader Chhataradhar Mahato had contested the Assembly election – took part in the rally that was attended by more than 10,000 people.

Thousands converged at the rally from areas near to Jhargram, Lalgarh, Sankrail, Nayagram, Binpur and Gopiballavpur. PCP leader Monoj Mahato and Chhatradhar Mahato’s wife Niyati Mahato were among those who addressed the gathering. The meeting was delayed after joint forces intercepted vehicles ferrying people to the rally at Manikpara in Binpur. APDR state general secretary Debaprasad Ray Choudhury contacted SP Praveen Tripathi after which the vehicles were allowed to pass.

“We are happy that the Mamata Banerjee government has undertaken developmental projects for Jangalmahal. It’s good that rice is being given to the people here at 2 but that is not enough. Mamata had promised that she will ensure the release of political prisoners and hundreds of others who have been held on false charges. So far, not enough has been done to free them,” said Niyati Mahato at the rally held at Vidyasagar Hall ground. Continue reading