People's Democracy

(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)


No. 28

July 11, 2010

July 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 respectively.