[Marxism] Protest Against the Indian Government’s “Operation Green Hunt” (San Fransisco)

Politicus E. epoliticus at gmail.com
Sun Aug 8 08:47:34 MDT 2010


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Protest Against the Indian Government’s “Operation Green Hunt”
Where:  Indian Consulate in San Francisco (540 Arguello Boulevard)
When: 11 am, August 13

The Government of India has launched a domestic war named Operation
Green Hunt in the forested regions of East-Central India, stretching
from the states of Chhattisgarh to Jharkhand and West Bengal. This
region is home to significant amounts of natural resources.

Big corporations, both Indian and foreign, are plundering these
natural resources for quick profits and plan to continue doing so
while paying almost no attention to the enormous environmental and
human costs inherent in their ventures. The state and central
governments continue to welcome these big corporations with open arms
by signing an unknown number of memoranda of understanding with
them—whose details have been kept secret. A recent report by the
Ministry of Rural Development, on the other hand, described these
trends as one of the biggest land grabs since the time of Columbus.

This forested region, rich in natural resources as it is, is also home
to a large section of India’s roughly 100 million Adivasis (i.e., the
tribal population). Using all means at their disposal, the Adivasis
resisted the government’s efforts to forcibly drive them from their
ancestral lands. Drawing on the Fifth Schedule of the Indian
Constitution, which is devoted to Adivasi rights and provisions for
their protection, Adivasi activists challenged the government's
expropriations.

Instead of addressing the genuine grievances of the Adivasis, the
Indian government has cracked down on their legitimate protests in
violation of the letter and intent of the Indian Constitution.
Peaceful resistance movements across this region have been met with
police brutality and military might; this forced the arming of a
section of the resistance movement. State-assisted vigilante groups
like the Salwa Judum in Chhattisgarh and Harmad Bahini in West Bengal
were a response of the state to the armed resistance of the Adivasis.

When that failed, Operation Green Hunt—a further escalation and
militarization of the State's response—emerged.

We, a group of concerned individuals, urge you to join us in this protest.

Oppose the biggest land grab since Columbus!
Oppose Operation Green Hunt!
Oppose the war on people!

Sponsored by:
People's Front Against Operation Green Hunt




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