(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
November 28, 2010
Mumbai Protests Obama visit
At 5.00 pm,
station reverberated with vigorous slogans “Obama Go Back”, “Down!
Butcher American Imperialism!”, “Stop pressurising India for pro-US
policy, unrestrained opening for US capital and multinationals in
retail trade, education and the services sectors!” “Lift US embargo on
Slogan shouting demonstrators of CPI(M) and CPI marched towards Taj hotel. Policemen were bewildered, taken aback, they prevented the protestors from marching further. As soon as the protestors with banners, placards, Party flags and black flags trooped out of the platform, policemen and officers barricaded them. There was scuffle between protestors and the police forces, with protestors pushing the policemen trying to prevent them from marching forward. This lasted for half an hour.
Thereafter, slogan shouting protestors and other participants were addressed by CPI(M) state secretary Ashok Dhawale, Mumbai secretary Mahendra Singh CPI Mumbai secretary Prakash Reddy, Bharat Bachao Andolan leader Feroze Mithibhorewala. When the demonstrators scuffled with police forces, electronic media cameras continuously clicked. Police had not bargained for such vigorous demonstration, anticipating that the demonstrators will walk into the waiting police van or stage tame Satyagraha. The demonstration challenged the police but they were helpless. After the demonstrators had been dispersed, police arrested a few including CPI(M) state committee member Vivek Monteiro and CPI Mumbai secretary Prakash Reddy. Those taken into custody were promptly released as demonstrations threatened to haunt the police.