Press Statement of CPI(ML) Red Star:
Severely Condemn Modi Government’s Fascist Action Forcibly Removing Shaheen Baghs!
Shaheen Bagh where women came out on the streets and started an indefinite dharna demanding the repeal of the CAA, and NPR/NRC based on it, had become the symbol of people’s resistance against CAA,NPR,NRC. The mobilization of women and their supporters had reached massive levels on many occasions. Very soon Shaheen Bagh like resistance centers came up in all cities, towns and even in villages, there number reaching more than 3000 by the end of February, with hundreds of thousands of women got mobilized every day challenging Modi government’s fascist move to impose the NRC based on CAA through the NPR to be launched from 1st April at all India level.
During last three months or more there were many efforts to remove this symbol of the people’s movement. But, every time the women and people supporting them had defeated these moves, always taking care that it shall remain a peaceful women’s resistance. When the COVID 19 outbreak started, and government took various steps including issue of prohibitory orders, the number of participants were reduced first to 30-40 and then to 10, maintaining all orders. In spite of this, today morning the Delhi police arrested the 10 women continuing dharna there, and by force demolished the pandal and occupied the dharna place. We unequivocally condemn this fascist action. There are reports from Raichur,North Karnatak and other places of such fascist action by the police.
If Modi government thinks that the resistance movement of people, and of the Shaheen Bagh women who are spear heading it can be put down using the measures taken to contain the threat from COVID 19 as a cover, we want to warn that it has completely mistaken the strength of this mass movement. As soon as the lock down is over, not only Shaheen Bagh at Delhi, many more Shaheen Baghs shall come up all over the country defeating whatever measures Modi government takes to impose the NPR/NRC based on CAA. The people shall defeat the conspiracy to get the NPR completed by clubbing it with the Census also. No Census measures shall be allowed till CAA, NPR and NRC are scrapped. We appeal to all popular forces, the Muslims, dalits, Adivasis and other oppressed sections along with the democratic secular forces rallying with them to get prepared to once again launch the movement with more vigorously..
CPI(ML) Red Star
24th March 2020, 3.00 PM.