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Urgent: Save Amin Maharana’s Life and Free Anti-Displacement Activists in India

Posted by Mike E on August 19, 2008

Kasama has received the following from Dave Pugh. Please circulate this actively and widely.

Urgent Action Needed to Save Amin Maharana’s Life and to Free Anti-Displacement Activists in Orissa, India.

On August 15, Dave Pugh returned to the U.S. after spending three and a half weeks gathering information about the anti-displacement movement in India. Pugh is a member of the Initiative Committee of the International Campaign Against Forced Displacement that was launched on June 19, 2008 at the Third International Assembly of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle held in Hong Kong, and traveled to India on a fact finding mission for the international campaign.

As a guest of Visthapan Virodhi Jan Vikas Andolan (VVJVA–People’s Movement against Displacement and for Development), Pugh traveled across five states in central and eastern India visiting the sites of proposed industrial and mining projects, Special Economic Zones and real estate developments. He spoke with hundreds of villagers who are threatened with displacement and with many dedicated activists who are helping to organize the people’s resistance.

On the night of August 12, the car he was traveling in was pulled over by local police for a traffic-related reason. Nevertheless, Pugh, his translator Protima Das, his guide Pradeep and their driver were taken to a police station for questioning. For the next eight hours, all of them were interrogated, first by the local police superintendent, and then by the chief police official of the state of Orissa in eastern India. The latter was particularly hostile, accusing Pugh of being an “anti-government agitator” and Protima and Pradeep of being part of the Maoist underground in Orissa without any evidence. Pugh was released to his hotel at 4 am. As a result of phone calls and emails sent by civil libertarians and VVJVA supporters and foreign friends, Pugh was able to leave Orissa without further harassment.

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India: Photos of Revolutionary Armed Struggle

Posted by Mike E on August 19, 2008

A unique photo gallery of the communist revolution in India.

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