Monday, May 18, 2009

LOKAYAT in protest rally for demanding "FREE VINAYAK SEN"

On 14th May, 2009, Dr. Binayak Sen – paediatrician and India’s human rights activist – is completing two years in jail. Lokayat participated in a protest march, organized by various group from Pune.

Alomst 150 people participated in a silent rally on 14 th May organized by Lokayat ,Medico Friend Circle ,Masum, NCASH & others, in order to protest the detention of Human Right Activist / Doctor Dr.Binayak Sen ,Who Devoted his entire life to serve the poor adivasis of chattisgarh .Binayak sen exposed the Fake encounters of Adivasis by Chattisgarh Police & an Inhuman movement called Salwajudum by which adivasis were forecfully handed the weapons to fight among each other.It is because of all this Binayak sen was arrested 2 years back on false charges and even bail is not granted to him yet.

The rally was organized to release of Binayak Sen . Rally started from Alka Talkies to Yogeshwari mandir at Appa balwant chowk where BJP office is situated. Few representatives from the people went to the BJP office and raised their demands of release of Binayak sen . It was a silent rally with people wearing a black ribbon around the mouth, symbolizing grief, anger and protest of the people. On the same day ,Many simultaneous protests were organized and held at other cities of India. Rally was ended by a Inspiring song by Kabir kala Manch & Lokayat activists .

Demands are:

Free Dr. Binayak Sen immediately !

Repeal all undemocratic and unconstitutional laws !

Stop harassment of human rights activists !

Disband Salwa Judum immediately !!

Stop displacement of the people in the name of development!!

It is important for us to join hands as Lokayat believe, let us not forget the poem by Pastor Niemoller:

First they came for the Communists,

and I did not speak out

because I was not a Communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,

and I did not speak out,

because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews,

and I did not speak out

because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me,

and there was no one left

to speak out for me.

Pastor Martin Niemoller, Berlin, (1892–1984) was a German pastor who spent eight and a half years in a German concentration camp.

Reported by Prashant Nandi


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