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Civil rights groups protest Nandigram violence

Posted by Indian Vanguard on March 16, 2007

New Delhi, March. 15 (PTI): Expressing anguish over Nandigram violence, several civil rights groups and ultra-left outfits today staged protests here.

“The CPI(M) has lost all moral rights to be called a left movement under a red flag, after the repressive act of yesterday, the Budhadeb Government in West Bengal needs to resign owning responsibility of the incident,” CPI(ML) General Secretary Deepanker Bhattacharya demanded in the rally.

Social activist Medha Patkar termed the Nandigram violence in which 14 villagers died as a “pre-planned” and “deliberate” attempt of the West Bengal Government to foil the genuine people’s movement against land acquisition for building Special Economic Zones (SEZs).

“From the kind of force deployment and the earlier statements of the government, it is clear that yesterday’s attack on the villagers was pre-determined and deliberate. It shows that the West Bengal Government has turned violent,” she said.

Speakers at the protest rally also demanded that government should “repeal SEZ Act 2005 and promote agrarian reforms co-operative and collective farming to avoid agrarian crisis”, a release by the Anti-SEZ Front, the organiser of rally said.

The protest was also participated by the CPI(ML)- New Democracy, CPI(ML)-Liberation, SUCI, RDF, CSWTU and Krantikari Yuva Sangathan and many other civil rights and left political groups. The Hindu


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