Police attack demonstrators in India

first_imgWest Bengal police attack SUCI(C) activistsUnder the normal rules of demonstrations of workers and poor people in Kolkata, India, people are allowed legal protests. Even “illegal” actions, such as peaceful civil disobedience mobilizations, are allowed in a stipulated area without police attack.But when 30,000 people, young and old, men and women, were marching for workers and peasants’ demands on Feb. 5 in this West Bengal city, the police changed the rules at the last minute, and the streets of this densely populated city ran with the blood of the demonstrators. Making a vicious attack on them, police sent 35 people to the hospital.The confrontation between the demonstrators mobilized by the Socialist Unity Center of India (Communist) and the rightist government has set off a series of protests and mobilizations. The SUCI(C) organization and its supporters have earned the solidarity of workers’ organizations around the world by standing strong against the attack.According to a SUCI(C) news release, the group was marching to promote 18-point demands that included bringing down rising prices, withdrawal of the anti-peasant Land Acquisition Bill, reduction of prices of 108 essential medicines, fair prices for the peasants, banning commercialization of education, lowering price rates for power, adoption of appropriate measures to stop growing crimes against women, etc. These are all demands to improve the lives of the poor in the West Bengal state.The release reported: “The 30,000-strong rally began its journey from College Square in central Kolkata towards Rani Rashmoni Road in Esplanade, the heart of the city. There were the protesters, the leaders and cadres of the Party, the supporters, sympathizers, periphery and the vast masses of common people, peasants and their families from the villages, workers from the industrial belts, middle class from the towns, students, youth, men, women, children with their parents, the old with their sons, daughters, relatives and neighbours. It was a vast mass, a surging wave of people effervescent yet resolute in fighting for their cause. Common people of Kolkata, in their turn, did not remain mere bystanders; they thronged on both sides of the street.”The police used long batons known as lathi and targeted the heads and necks of the demonstrators, apparently trying to do as much damage to the people as possible. No one was arrested, but many were injured. A SUCI(C) volunteer lost one eye, one student can’t open one eye, another student’s hand has been fractured and many more have broken limbs. Despite the relentless attack, the demonstrators fought to hold their ground and make their demands known.SUCI(C) announced: “News of this massive rally, police atrocity, and injury of the demonstrators spread rapidly throughout the state” and “in the next two months, the Party would organize deputations, rallies, squatting, block level mass law violation, road blockades and such other forms of movement and finally there will be a higher program like encircling Governor House in Kolkata.” nFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Spend Christmas with Megan Hilty & More

first_img Star Files View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Spend Xmas with Megan HiltyIt’s that will be the most wonderful time of the year! Broadway bombshell Megan Hilty is currently recording a Christmas album. Although it may seem a while away from the holidays, it’s no surprise that the 2016 Tony nominee is grabbing studio time while she can. As well as appearing alongside your Broadway boyfriend Aaron Tveit in CBS’ BrainDead, Hilty has been enlisted as one of the leads for a TV Land pilot of The First Wives Club, a remake of the 1996 hit movie. We look forward to hearing her seasonal serenading!At Home with Jonathan GroffWant to spend some time at home with Jonathan Groff? Well, you can now keep him on your coffee table, at least. A signed limited edition (just 500 copies!) photo biography of the upcoming Looking movie is on sale via First Third Books; the film will premiere on HBO on July 23.Tyne Daly Tapped for Spider-Man: HomecomingCongratulations to Tony and Emmy winner Tyne Daly! The Broadway vet has been tapped for Jon Watts’ Spider-Man: Homecoming from Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios. Deadline reports that there’s no word yet on who she’ll be playing, however she will be starring opposite former Billy Elliot Tom Holland (not Hollander) as Spidey, Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man and Michael Keaton as The Vulture.Casting Set for Tom Hollander’s TravestiesAcross the pond, further casting has been announced for the previously reported buzzy Menier Chocolate Factory revival of Tom Stoppard’s Travesties, headlined by Tom Hollander. Directed by Patrick Marber, the cast will also include Clare Foster as Cecily, Freddie Fox as Tristan Tzara, Forbes Masson as Lenin, Peter McDonald as James Joyce, Amy Morgan as Gwendolen and Sarah Quist as Nadya. The comedy of art, love and revolution will run September 22 through November 19 and we’re keeping a close eye on it—the Tony-winning revival of The Color Purple, led by Tony winner Cynthia Erivo, started out life at the venue.Danielle Brooks is a Phenomenal WomanSpeaking of The Color Purple…Danielle Brooks has to be the busiest woman in showbiz! Along with picking up a Tony nod for her powerful performance in the hit tuner and starring in Orange Is the New Black, she somehow managed to fit in time to shoot this short film. Check out below the Elizabeth Masucci-helmed Phenomenal Woman; a dramatization of the poem by Dr. Maya Angelou, the title certainly fits the incredible Brooks! Megan Hilty(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Megan Hiltylast_img read more