People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
March 12, 2006
Killer Bush Go Back
As George Bush entered Delhi, countrywide protests by the Left and secular parties echoed all over, with West Bengal, Kerala and Tripura demonstrating massive protests.
Sharing the national sentiment, people of Tripura took to the streets in protest against Bush’s visit. All the sub-divisional towns, block headquarters and the capital city of Agartala witnessed the strongest popular protest against Bush who was called as a demon of the world peace, notorious aggressor of Iraq and Afghanistan, killer of more than one lakh innocent people of both the countries, blatant violator of human rights as revealed in several torture camps including Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo recently. The people gathered in the rally expressed their bitter rage by burning effigies of Bush and brought out several tableaus depicting his misdeeds against the world humanity.
Agartala, at the call of the National Platform of Mass Organisations, a long
procession shouting anti-Bush slogans spiraled round the city, and culminated in
a huge gathering at Shakuntala Road, the heart of the capital. Various sections
of people including workers, students, youths, kisans agricultural workers,
women, employees and the transport workers of the Agartala massively joined the
central procession and marched on spreading the message of anti-Bush campaign.
NPMO joint Convenor Pijush Nag, General Secretary of CITU Tripura State
Committee, Ashesh Debroy, both state committee members and Gautam Das, state
secretariat member of the CPI(M) addressed the rally.
speakers explained the imminent danger to the world humanity due to imperialist
aggression of Bush whose only aim is to usher world hegemony by way of economic
globalization or by brute power. Such a hated person like Bush should not have
been welcomed to a country like India, they said. The speakers also warned the
central Government not to lay down country’s independent foreign and economic
policies at the altar of Bush’s visit in exchange of latter’s allurement of
nuclear power resources. The people of the country would not forgive the central
Government if they compromise on the sovereignty of the country or show
subservience to such a hated power, they cautioned.
Youth Federation of India and Tribal Youth Federation and cultural workers
organised innumerable small and big demonstrations, market place meetings,
squaddings, street corner meetings, processions and performed anti-imperialist
songs, recitations and street dramas throughout the state.
demonstrations against Bush's visit were organised in different parts of Assam.
Some places, including Guwahati, witnessed angry demonstrations and unwarranted
the capital city, the anti-Bush demonstration was jointly organised by the Assam
units of six left and democratic parties - the CPI (M), CPI, CPI
(ML-Liberation), RSP, Janata Dal (S) and Samajwadi party.
The state units of the parties called upon the people of Assam to join
the nation-wide protest.
Guwahati, large number of protesters assembled in front of the Judges' Field at
1 p.m. and shouted anti-Bush and anti-imperialist slogans. Prominent cultural
and literacy activists, social workers, intellectuals also participated. The
district administration deployed large contingent of police force only to
prevent the protesters from organising demonstrations and processions. However,
in spite of administrative obstructions, hundreds of slogan shouting protesters
came with flags, banners and placards. An attractive tableau depicting Bush's
imperialist designs and cruelty against humanity was also presented.
the protestors, CPI (M) Central Committee member Hemen Das thundered against
'killer' Bush and US administration on the charge of crime against humanity. CPI
(M) state secretary Uddhab Barman also participated in the action programme
against Bush visit.
protesters were addressed, among others, by Dambaru Borah (CPI), Rabul Sarma
(CPI-ML-Liberation), Ratneswar Gogi (RSP), Harendra Dev Goswami (Janata Dal -S),
Syed Gulam Akbar (Samajwadi Party) and noted singer and legendary cultural
activist Dilip Sarma.
the swelling number of protesters started to take out a procession from the
Judges' Field, strong contingent of armed and lathi yielding police personnel
tried to block the procession and hastily built barriers. However, the slogan
shouting angry protesters stormed the police barricades and advanced. Police
also tried to stop the defying volunteers at several places in the city but
failed. However, the police picked up and arrested a few protestors.
Bongaigaon also police arrested 18 CPI (M) activists when anti-Bush
demonstration was organised.
CPI (M) also organised protest meetings and demonstrations at Jorhat, Nagaon,
Tezpur, Biswanath Charall, Sorbhog, Rangla, Silchar, Karimganj, Dhakuakhana,
Naharkatia etc. In some places effigies of George Bush were also burnt. The
administration and police put obstructions in many places.
CPI (M) state committee strongly condemned the state administration for curbing
democratic rights of the people and arresting the demonstrators at several
Azad Maidan in Mumbai saw a one lakh strong rally. The rally was organised by
the CPI(M), CPI and the Samajwadi Party. Several NGOs and independent Muslim
organisations also mobilised for the rally in a big way. Those who spoke at the
meeting included Ahilya Rangnekar, Ashok Dhawale, K.L Bajaj, Mahendra Singh and
Sayeed Ahmed of the CPI (M), Abu Azim Azmi of the Samajwadi Party and Prakash
Reddy and A.D. Golandar of the CPI.
over Maharashtra at the district and tehsil centres, big demonstrations and
mobilisations took place.
Chennai, at the call of the ' Oppose Bush Visit Committee' a protest march was
organised. The 5000 strong march began from Munroe statue and reached the
Cosmopolitan centre where it converged into a rally. Apart from the CPI (M),
CPI, CPI (ML) and the AIFB, central trade unions like the CITU, AITUC and
employees from banks, insurance, BSNL, teachers and others participated in the
rally. The meeting was presided over by Nandagopal, district secretary of the
CPI and was addressed among others by N.Varadarajan, state secretary of the CPI
(M), D. Pandian, state secretary of the CPI, A.S Kumar of the CPI (ML) and
Ponkrishna Gandhi of the AIFB.
protest demonstrations were also organised at Coimbatore, Madurai, Salem,
Trichunipally. The rally at Trichy was addressed by CPI (M) Polit Bureau member,
mass organisations and associations of employees held separate demonstrations.
The AIIEA organised demonstrations in front of their offices during lunch hours
throughout the state.
demonstrations were held in many places in Rajasthan. In the capital Jaipur,
demonstrations were organised by the CPI (M) and other Left parties and mass
organisations. The procession began from the Khasa Khoti Circle and turned into
a meeting on reaching Badi Choupad. The participation of women was significant
in the rally. The meeting was addressed by CPI (M) state secretary, Vasudev and
MLA Amra Ram. CPI leader D.K. Chagani also addressed the rally.
CPI (M), CPI and the Samajwadi Party organized a joint rally against Bush’s visit in Bhopal, the capital of the state. At the rally at Neelam Park, CPI (M) state secretary Bahadur Singh Dhakad, CPI state secretary Mahendra Vajpayee and Samajwadi Party state president Gauri Yadav termed Bush as the most hated terrorist who could twist the arms of poor nations and slaughter lakhs of people for oil and other plunderous designs. They stressed the need for organising the whole world against such a nation instead of inviting its president to the country.
Left and democratic parties organized a big dharna at Moti Bagh in Ranchi
against Bush’s visit. The participants were addressed by, among others, CPI
(M) state secretary M K Nabi, Dharamraj Mahapatra and Vakil Bharati.
of protestors held a demonstration in Lucknow, the state capital.
The huge procession started from Subhash Chowk and passing through Hajrat
Ganj culminated at Gandhi Statue.
rally was organized jointly by the CPI (M), CPI, Forward Bloc, Indian National
League, Samajwadi Party, Rashtriya Lok Dal, Nationalist Congress Party and other