Nationwide Protest against repression on anti-CAA activists and democratic voices of dissent

Over the past two months the Delhi Police has arrested Jamia students Safoora Zargar, Meeran Haider, Asif Iqbal Tanha, JNU students Natasha Narwal and Devangana Kalita along with activists Ishrat Jahan, Khalid Saifi, Gulfisha Fatima, Sharjeel Imam and hundreds of other Muslim youth. Some among them have been booked under the amended UAPA as a means of punishing the widespread protests against the CAA-NRC that emerged across the country in December last year. Most recently AMU students Farhan Zuberi and Ravish Ali Khan have been arrested by the UP police for participating in the anti-CAA protests. It is clear that the spate of arrests are far from over and new names of democratic activists are likely to be added to this already long list. Meanwhile those openly advocating violence against peaceful protesters such as Kapil Mishra, Parvesh Verma and Anurag Thakur have gone scot-free.

It is clear that the ruling dispensation, while refusing to engage with any social movements, prefers to silence all critical voices through blatant state repression and the use of draconian laws. Earlier, the government framed a number of democratic rights activists and academicians on the pretext of the Bhima Koregaon case. Other anti CAA activists such as Akhil Gogoi who has been charged under UAPA, Bittu Sonowal, Manas Konwar, Dhairjya Konwar and several others have been arrested in the course of the movement and continue to languish in prison. At a time when the government’s energy and resources must be engaged in fighting the ongoing health crisis and an economic slowdown of a devastating scale, which has caused thousands of lives to be lost and millions of livelihoods to be destroyed, the government’s efforts to stifle dissent by arresting students and activists is a shameful display of its oppressive power and misplaced priorities.

The attack on the anti-CAA protesters who participated in the democratic struggle against disenfranchisement of Muslims, Dalits, Adivasis, workers, women and all marginalized communities is an attempt to systematically demobilise the movement against CAA-NRC-NPR. It is a continuation of the government’s communal and anti-people policies which seek to undo all Constitutional safeguards available to its citizens and make an example of those who speak up to also silence others. As labour laws are dismantled, educational institutions become increasing inaccessible, unemployment reaches unprecedented levels and violence in society against workers, minority and marginalized communities, women and students increase with impunity, the people of this country must speak in a united voice to challenge this regime of oppression!

Join the call for protesting against the government’s repression on democratic voices! We appeal everyone to organize protests in their respective campuses or areas maintaining norms of physical distancing.

Release all activists of the anti-CAA movement!
Immediate attention to the plight of migrant workers and toiling masses instead of repression of democratic voices of dissent!
Arrest the Real Culprits of the Delhi Pogrom!
Release all political prisoners!
Scrap CAA-NRC-NPR! Scrap UAPA!
3rd June, 2020, 12 PM

Organisations joining the Nationwide Protest

All India Democratic Student Organisation
All India Progressive Women’s Association
All India Queer Association
All India Revolutionary Student Organisation
All India Student Association
All India Student Federation
Ambedkar Periyar Phule Study Circle, IIT Bombay
Ambedkar University Delhi Students’ Council
Asansol Civil Rights Association
Association For Democratic Rights, Punjab
AUD Queer Collective
Bandi Mukti Com, West Bengal
Bahujan Samajwadi Manch
Bhagat Singh Ambedkar Student Organisation, JNU
Bhagat Singh Chhatra Ekta Manch, DU
Bhagat Singh Chhatra Morcha, UP
Campus Front of India
Celluloid – The film society, Azim Premji University
Chaitanya Mahila Sangam, Telangana
Chhatra Ekta Manch, Haryana
Dakha, Punjab
Delhi Teachers Federation
Democratic Students Association, Kerala
Democratic Students Federation, JNU
Democratic Students Organization, Punjab
Democratic Students Union, DU
Democratic Students Union, Telangana
Disha Student Organisation
Feminists in Resistance, Kolkata
Free Speech Collective
Friends foundation
Grameen Mazdoor Union, Bihar
Hasratein: A Queer Collective, JNU
Human Rights Law Network
Hundred Flowers Group, JNU
Indian Federation of Trade Unions
Indian Federation of Trade Unions Sarwahara
Indian Federation of Trade Union, Odisha
Inquilabi Chhatra Morcha, Allahabad
Inquilabi Kender, Haryana
Inqlabi Kendra, Punjab
Inquilabi Mazdoor Kendra
Jamia Coordination Committee
Janaadhikaara Sangharsha Parishath
Jagori, Dharamshala
Jan Sangharsh Manch, Haryana
Jharkhand Nagrik Prayas
Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union
Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers Association
Karnataka Janashakthi
Karnataka Vidyarthi Sangathan
Krantikati Naujawan Sabha
Krantikari Yuva Sanghatan
Laali Guraas, West Bengal
Lawyers Against Atrocities
Lok Kala Manch, Mullanpur
Lok Shikshak Manch
Mazdoor Samanvay Kendra
Mazdoor Sahyog Kendra
Muktiwadi, Maharashtra
Muslim Students Federation
Muslim Youth League
National Alliance of People’s Movements
National Federation of Indian Women
Nagrika Sammukhya, Odisha
National Hawker Federation
Naujavan Bharat Sabha
New Socialist Alternative, Maharashtra
New Trade Union Initiative
Parivartankami Chhatra Sanghatan
People’s Union For Civil Liberties
Pinjra Tod, Delhi
Pragatisheel Mahila Ekta Kendra
Pragatisheel Mahila Sangathan
Progressive Democratic Students Community, AUD
Progressive Democratic Students Federation
Progressive Democratic Students Federation, West Bengal
Progressive Democratic Students Union
Progressive Democratic Youth Federation
Progressive Organisation For Women, Telangana
Progressive Student Front, Haryana
Punjab Studentd’ Union
Radical Study Circle, TISS Mumbai
Rajiv Gandhi University Research Scholars’ Forum
Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch
Revolutionary Workers Party of India
Samajwadi Jan Parishad
Samta Kala Manch, Maharashtra
Samtamulak Mahila Sangatan
Samata Vidyarthi Aghadi
Satya Shodhak Sangh, Delhi
SAU Progressive Students, Delhi
Shramajibi Nari Mancha, West Bengal
Shramik Sangram Committee
Student Organization for Socialist Democracy, Haryana
Socialist Workers Centre
Socialist Workers Center, Tamil Nadu
Solidarity Youth Movement
Stree Mukti Sanghatan
Stri Jagriti Manch
Struggling Workers Coordination Committee, West Bengal
Student Federation of India
Student Federation of India, AUD
Students of Aalim Muhammad Salegh college
Students For Society, Punjab
South India Federation of Trade Unions
Swaraj Abhiyan
Tamil Nadu Student Movement
Telangana Vidyarthi Sangam
Telangana Vidyarthi Vedika
Trade Union Center of India
Trans Rights Now
United Against Hate
United OBC Forum
Vidrohi Sanskrutik Chalwal, Maharashtra
We The People Of India
Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression
Young Tamilnadu Movement
Yuvak Kranti Dal, Maharashtra

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