Skriv under på støtteopprop!

G N Saibaba, som er sekretær i Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF) og var
medarrangør av Jan Myrdals foredragsturné i India i vår, har sendt oss
dette oppropet.

Saibaba er engelsklærer ved universitetet i New Dehli og var senest i
april i Skandinavia – da i forbindelse med Jan Myrdal-sällskapets seminar
der (http://www.janmyrdalsallskapet.se/jan-myrdals-litteraera-pris/item/145-mer-lyckat-an-nagonsin-i-varberg.html).

Da pratet han om hvordan den indiske regjeringens kampanje «Operation
Green Hunt» angriper folkelige krefter over hele India. Blant metodene som
brukes er henrettelser uten lov og dom, massevoldtekter, tortur, fengsling
uten lov og dom og etnisk rensing av store områder. RDF er en sterk og
kritisk røst mot storselskapenes dominans og undertrykkelsen av
fattigbøndene, noe som har ført til at eliten i India nå forsøker å forby
dem.

I delstaten Andhra Pradesh har delstatsregjeringen allerede forbudt
organisasjonen. Saibaba har tatt initiativ til et opprop mot dette.
Internasjonal solidaritet er nødvendig!

Vi oppfordrer alle til å skrive under på dette oppropet ved å sende
følgende opplysninger til revolutionarydemocracy@gmail.com. De trenger
følgende opplysninger (på engelsk):

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Vi legger ved et bakgrunnsnotat «her» og selve oppropet under (på engelsk).Etter at flest mulig underskrifter er samlet inn, vil en delegasjon møte
delstatsguvernøren i Andhra Pradesh for å fremme sin protest. Gjennom en
pressekonferanse i Hyderabad vil dette oppropet også bli kjent.

Send også dette oppropet videre til andre som kan underskrive!

For mer informasjon om Revolutionary Democratic Front, se www.rdf-india.org

A STATEMENT OF PROTEST

We the undersigned strongly and univocally condemn the ban imposed on
Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF) by the Andhra Pradesh government on 9
August 2012 under Andhra Pradesh Public Security Act 1992. We stand
opposed to this arbitrary and authoritarian action by the government on a
peoples’ organization, which goes against the principles of justice,
freedom of expression, freedom of association and of democratic dissent.

Further the persistent use of ban as an instrument of policy is
politically motivated as is proven in history. It has been proved time and
again that whatever might be the purpose of evoking the policy of ban by
the respective governments at various junctures it has hardly resulted in
achieving the same. On the contrary it has only resulted in more and more
atrocities on the vast sections of the people with the policy of ban
giving blanket powers to the police and paramilitary thus resulting in
increasing acts of impunity. We are therefore forced to believe that the
imposition of a ban on RDF on a series of unsubstantiated charges is not
only devoid of any ground, but a direct assault by the government on our
democratic rights. Under the convenient plea of countering Maoism, the
state government has falsely implicated RDF as a frontal organization of
CPI (Maoist) – another banned political entity – and has thereby continued
with its policy of criminalizing and persecuting political dissent. This
is in spite of the fact that upholding of and adhering to any ideology is
not a crime but is a constitutionally guaranteed right of the citizens,
which has been time and again pointed out by the Supreme Court of India.

The reasons for banning RDF in Andhra Pradesh as per the Government Order
of 9 August 2012 include “Opposing and demanding stoppage of
anti-extremist combing operations of the police and security forces in the
left wing extremism affected area of the States”, “Organising dharnas,
rallies and other forms of agitations”, “Opposing lawful actions of police
and criminal justice system”, and so on. Such ‘charges’ go against the
very grain of right to political dissent which is constitutionally
guaranteed. Such acts of the government which are arbitrary in intent and
authoritarian in content can only violate and vitiate the space for
political freedom and dissent of the vast sections of the people in a
democracy and hence should be opposed. We, the undersigned, therefore,
strongly oppose the ban imposed on RDF and demand that the Andhra Pradesh
government revoke this ban immediately and unconditionally.

G N Saibaba
New Delhi
India

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