(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India
5 Hartal: Unprecedented Success
The Left parties
--- the Communist Party of India (Marxist), the Communist Party of
India, Revolutionary Socialist Party and the All India Forward Bloc ---
issued the following statement on July 5, 2010.
THE all-India hartal to protest against the steep increase in the
prices of petroleum products has been an unprecedented success. Despite
detention and arrests of thousands of protesters, there was a bandh
like situation in all parts of the country with shops, business
establishments, transport and educational institutions being closed.
Left leaders, A B Bardhan, D Raja and Brinda Karat, were arrested for
picketing in Delhi. This has been the most widespread protest action in
the country in recent years.
The Left parties congratulate the people and the tens of thousands of
activists who have made the hartal a complete success. By this action
the people have expressed their anger and strong opposition to the
anti-people policies of inflicting successive burdens on the people
through price hikes of petroleum products.
The Left parties in consultation with secular opposition parties will
chalk out plans for further intensifying the movement against price
rise to compel the government to reverse these harmful steps.
Signatories to the
statement are Prakash Karat, A B Bardhan, T K Chandrachoodan and
Debabrata Biswas, general secretaries of the CPI(M), CPI, RSP and AIFB