RALLY AT THE CONSULATE GENERAL OF INDIA
WHEN: May 23rd, at 5:00pm
WHERE: 3 E 64th st, NY, NY 10065
The Liaison Committee for a New Communist Party – NCP(LC), strongly condemns the abduction and false charges against the leaders of the Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF) in India, Dr. G.N. Saibaba and Jeevan Chandra. We are calling for a rally the Indian consulate in NYC, to support the demands of the RDF of India for the release of Dr. Saibaba and Jeevan Chandra, and stand in solidarity with the National Democratic Movement of India.
On May 9th 2014 the undercover Police of the Indian state of Maharashtra Police abducted Dr. G.N. Saibaba – a leader of the Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF) and a leading voice for the oppressed in India – while he was returning home from work at the Daulat Ram College in Delhi University. Dr. Saibaba’s abduction included blindfolding him, holding him in isolation and not informing his family of his whereabouts – actions made more serious by the fact Dr. Saibaba is wheelchair bound and differently-abled.
Jeevan Chandra, President of RDF in Uttarakhand, was also abducted on May 5th under similar circumstances.
These abductions are believed to be related to false accusations of collusion with the underground of the Indian Maoists, previously resulting in raids to Dr. Saibaba’s residence on September 12th 2013 and January 7th respectively during which Dr. Saibaba and his family fully cooperated with the police in their inquiry. During both the raid and the interrogation, Dr. Saibaba and his family extended their full cooperation with the police and intelligence forces. There is no reason to abduct a public political figure and activist in this manner.
This abduction violates the basic human rights of Dr. Saibaba and Jeevan Chandra, and represents the increased attempts to criminalize democratic revolutionary voices in India on the part of the Indian State. This is a direct attack on those who dare raise their voices for the democratic rights of the people of India.
Having faced repression in the USA for raising the voice of the people against militarism, poverty, and imperialism, we in the NCP(LC) stand in full solidarity with Dr. G.N. Saibaba and Jeevan Chandra, voices of democracy and the people that cannot be silenced no matter how hard the Indian State attempts to do so. These abductions expose the real nature of the Indian State not as a “weak democracy” but a class dictatorship in which freedom of speech and association are granted or taken away depending on whose class is being served.
We call on all of us who believe in true democracy to call upon the Indian government to drop the false charges and release them. And we extend a warm embrace to the Indian masses in their popular struggles and to the comrades of the Revolutionary Democratic Front as one of their leading organizations.
For a people’s India!
Free Dr. Saibaba! Free Jeevan Chandra!
End fascist repression of the Indian State!
Victory to the people!