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Offical India’s Poster Scare: Maoists Defy Cops in Kolkata

Posted by redpines on January 18, 2011

Maoists are gaining influence in West Bengal

Originally published in The Times of India

Maoist posters at Metro stations, cops red-faced

KOLKATA: Maoist posters and a banner were found at several places in the city, including the walls of Chandni Chowk and Central Metro stations early on Tuesday. An embarrassed city police couldn’t explain how the posters were pasted within metres of police kiosks.

This is the second time in about a month that Maoists activists or sympathizers have given the police a rude wake-up call. Earlier, after the arrest of CPI (Maoist) state secretary Sudeep Chongdar alias Kanchan, posters were found at Nandan and The Academy of the Fine Arts, the city’s culture hub and a daily after-work destination of the chief minister.

The handwritten posters found on Tuesday warn that the culprits of the Netai killings will be punished in their peoples court: “Netai gonohatyay jukto harmader gana adalate bichar kora hobe.”

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Philippines Maoists Oppose Mining Companies

Posted by celticfire84 on January 18, 2011

Mining in the Philippines has been notoriously damaging. In 1996 a mining accident in Marinduque Island caused more than four million metric tons of toxic mine waste to spill from the Marcopper mine, and caused wide spread flooding.

This originally appeared on Philippine Revolution site.

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today reiterated the policy by the people’s democratic government banning all enterprises, including big foreign mining and logging firms, that engage in large-scale plunder of the natural resources, land grabbing and destruction of the environment.

The policy calls for the people’s democratic government to “ban, disable and dismantle” such firms which violate the welfare and interests of the people and disregard the rules and regulations of the people’s democratic government. These firms also connive with and use the fascist armed forces and paramilitary to protect their plunderous interests and fight the revolutionary forces.

“These, hostile, destructive and anti-people enterprises should, in fact, be expelled,” the CPP said.

The reiteration was made by the CPP amid the uproar raised by the Philippine government over reports that big, foreign mining companies are threatening to pull out their operations in protest over increases in “taxes” being imposed by the revolutionary movement. Officials of the government negotiating panel even declared that they would take up the matter in the upcoming talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) in Oslo, Norway.

The CPP dismissed accusations by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) that the NPA “collects taxes” from mining companies.

“Large-scale foreign mining operations in the Philippines are among the worst abusers of the environment. Their operations cause siltation and poisoning of rivers, water sources and agricultural lands and other grave destruction of the natural environment,” said the CPP.

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