People's movements condemn fascist violence

People's movements condemn fascist violence

People's movements sternly condemned the violent attack on the national office of Communist Party of India (Marxist) - CPI (M) - on 9 March 2008 while national executive meeting was going inside in New Delhi. This was followed by a series of attacks on state CPI - M offices in many states of India.

"We demand stern action against the political organisations that attacked CPI-M office in Delhi and other cities" said the activists.

People's movements that have come together under the banner of Sangharsh (since 2007) along with its major constituents, the National Alliance of People's Movements (NAPM) and National Forum of Forest Peoples and Forest Dwellers (NFFPFW) along with supporters, have condemned the dastardly attack on the headquarters and national office of the CPI-M.

"We are shocked by the fact that the attack was carried out in a planned manner by parliamentary parties and their senior leadership, who claim to be working within the democratic fabric of India. It is all the more shocking that the attack on a parliamentary party like the CPI-M was allowed to happen in broad daylight, when the party's National Executive was meeting inside the office" said Dr Sandeep Pandey, Ramon Magsaysay Awardee (2002) and National Convener of NAPM.

"While upholding the democratic right to dissent and protest, we denounce and condemn this effort by BJP and RSS to intimidate political rivals by use of violence and muscle power. We denounce use of violence by all political parties that believe in democracy and demand that election commission take action against those found breaching the moral code of conduct for political parties by indulging in violence and murders. We also reiterate that no government in power should use political and money power to suppress political dissent and opposition" said noted social activist Medha Patkar in a statement released today.
Activists demand that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its ally, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) should immediately stop the attacks on CPI-M in Delhi and other states wherever it has happened. Also the Central Government and the respective state governments in Delhi, Uttarakand, Andhra Pradesh, etc "should take stern criminal action against the political hooligans allegedly members of BJP and RSS who have dared to attack India's democratic decorum" said Dr Pandey.

Activists also have demanded that the Kerala Government should take strong action against all the political activists and parties that have indulged in violence in Thalasserry, Kannoore (District), where violence and political murders have unfortunately become synonymous with politics.

"We appeal to all political forces to show restraint and mutual respect. We also appeal to all political parties to respect ideological dialogue, dissent and right to democratic protest" said Medha Patkar.

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Central Chronicle, Madhya Pradesh, India (14 March 2008)