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Thursday, December 24, 2015

India: Oppose tyranny of black laws on people's struggles, salute Jalandhar protest

By Harsh Thakor
On December 23rd one of the largest and most succesful protests took place representing organizations from a huge range of society constituting industrial workers,peasants,agricultural labourers and supported by many rung sof society.

Speakers highlighted how the state was attempting to enstranle peoples strruggles through using the weapon of black laws.

This was an instrument deployed to intervene in democratic struggles of the masses and the people must sharpen their collective organization to resist it.

The response was heartening. About 2500 participants constituted the B.K.U Ugrahan and Dakaunda factions while about 100 constituted the mass peasant worker and student fronts of the C.P.M.(Pasla ) group.

Overall about 6000 people participated and rally was staged that blazed the streets of Jalandhar.

The most important aspect was groups understanding importance of struggling collectively.

Reflection of democratic resurgence and consciousness in Punjab.

Jalandhar, December 23 After coming together under the banner of Anti-Black Law Front, more than four dozen organisations today blocked BMC Chowk in protest against Public Private Property Damage Prevention Bill.

Apart from raising anti-government slogans, they also took out a protest march in the city.

The protesters gathered at Desh Bhagat Yadgar Hall in the morning and organised a state-level convention, from where they started the protest march.

Prior to addressing the gathering, leaders of various organisations said, "We have named the bill as ‘black law’ because it would snatch the right to protest from the citizens, which is an integral part of the democracy. 
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Bombay High Court has ordered proceedings for criminal contempt to be initiated against author Arundhati Roy

The Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court has ordered proceedings for criminal contempt to be initiated against author Arundhati Roy for her article titled "Professor, POW" on Saibaba's arrest that was published in Outlook magazine on May 18, 2015.

Observing that Roy made scandalous observations against the central, state governments and police in her article, the court issued notice to her for contempt of court, returnable on January 25, 2016.

 "Scandalous and scurrilous allegations are made by author Arundhati Roy in the said article against the judiciary," the court said.

 It said she "indirectly questioned the sanctity of the order" made by Justice S.B. Shukre for rejecting the bail application filed by Saibaba.

It said that by making such allegations and remarks about the bail rejection order, Roy has interfered in the administration of justice.

Democracy and Class Struggle says the world has a voice and is time for it to be heard as the Indian Government proceeds to hold the world in contempt.

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