ITALY – From the Women’s Strike to our grasp of a Red Women’s Day, to the struggle of women in every aspect of the conditions of life
The 25 November, with the women’s strike “against femicides, rapes, sexual violence and the entire condition of women” we lit many fires, from the North to the South of the country. It was a historical event, new, that fills us with strength and pride. With this feeling we closed a terrible year because of hundreds of femicides/rapes, the attacks by government and bosses on our conditions of life and job, the general climate of oppression. With this feeling and even more determined, we opened 2014, which began with new femicides.
The women’s strike, that has given rise to moments of struggle, joy, anger, rebellion against this society, mother of all the forms sexual violence, was just the beginning and represents a step of a long, tortuous but shining path of struggle strong actions of women for what we desire and deserve … to break the double chains that this barbaric capitalist society has imposed on us, to unleash the fury of women as a powerful force of revolution against this system and its modern Middle Age!
The strike of the women marked a point of no return: women do not want anymore just to denounce and complain, they rebel and fight. And then we say to men who hate women, the bosses, the government, the state which hate women: “never the same again!” “All life must change!” Today we feel stronger also because the strike of women has drawn a dividing line between the real struggle of the most exploited and oppressed women, the rebel girls, and the institutionalized feminism of the political/parliamentary élites.
Women workers in the factories, toilers, the precarious workers in many jobs have been the majority part of this “women’s strike”, women who took the “strike” in their hands, giving a definite sign of class to the general battle of all women. They were joined by the girls, students, which brought to the strike, in the street demos, the fresh wind of their beautiful rebellion, shouting “you’ll never get us as you want us”. The intertwinement of class and gender that the women’s strike led was and is the right weapon, a “danger” for bosses, government, State, men which hate women. A “mix” that now we have to extend, from many small fires it will become a single big fire. Therefore, this year THE WOMEN’S DAY IS EVEN MORE RED, STRUGGLING AND PROLETARIAN!
A day of protests, struggling actions in many cities, from South to North, from Palermo to Taranto, Milan, Bologna, Rome, etc. A Women’s Day that unites all the battles of women, against the low-intensity conflict that kills us and on our whole condition of life, against all forms of oppression, against the modern Middle Age that governments and the State of the masters impose on us.
A Women’s Day that unites in the same struggle Italian and immigrant women, humiliated, harassed and even drowned, as happened in Lampedusa. A Women’s Day that will be a “bridge” to the women, workers, who struggle in other countries: Bangladesh, China, Pakistan, etc.., to the revolutionary comrades, communist women who are at the forefront of people’s wars, from India to the Philippines, Turkey … to change earth and heaven!
A Women’s Day to say “stop” modern fascism, no more reformism, we want make revolution! If we want to change all our life, the whole society must be toppled!
A Women’s Day that, with the shout of women in struggle, refuses and smashes the hypocrite mass media campaign of the representatives of bourgeois politics aimed to stifle the fury of women as a powerful force of the revolution!
A Women’s Day in which, as in the “Women’s Strike”, workers, toilers, young women take in their hands the initiative to restore the historical dignity, the class truth of the Women’s Day, because it is not for all women, is not inter-classist, it belongs to the most exploited and oppressed women, who are the majority of the women who rise up, the girls who fight for a different future.
FROM THE WOMEN’S DAY TO ALL DAYS
In the women’s strike we built a platform of demands, uniting needs and dreams of the struggling women. Let us develop on each of its points concrete struggles, a campaign of organization and action, even lawsuits, to achieve results that help our general struggle and give us more strength and confidence that we can must struggle.
Let us develop struggles in the cities, neighbourhoods, for a job for women, for a guaranteed wage that gives them the economic independence, against the precarious job and also against the double work, etc.
Let us organize mobilization in the factories against the discrimination, the attacks on the rights of women, on maternity, for conditions of work and shifts that do not punish women, against sexual harassment, against the sexist climate prevailing in the unions and also among workers, with new initiatives and claims, breaking the schemes.
And then let us unite the different battles to build together a national-wide mobilization against the government, the State of the masters, with a siege of the buildings of Power and the women of bourgeois power. Let us open in the schools also the struggle on the cultural, ideological front, against the false sexist culture, aimed to oppress and kill the critical knowledge, a true science, to put as unchangeable the reality of women, their traditional role in the society. We want revolution on everything!
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Six phase polling in Bihar for better force availability
With an aim to guard Naxal-hit areas, Bihar’s Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Ajay V Nayak said on Wednesday that polling will be spread over six phases so that the central paramilitary forces could be made available on “d-day” in these areas. “The number of phases had to be increased to six in Bihar because we do not have adequate Central Paramilitary Forces as demanded and this could be made available from other areas for smooth conduct of elections particularly in the Maoists infested areas,” Nayak told reporters.
“Naxal-affected areas of Bihar contiguous to Jharkhand will have polls together on April 10 to facilitate better security availability,” he said explaining the reasons for expanding polling to six days in Bihar.
Cache of explosives recovered in MP
Balaghat (MP), Mar 5 (PTI) A cache of explosives was recovered from Mandai forest area in naxal-infested Balaghat district of Madhya Pradesh, police said today. Acting on a tip-off, police searched Mandai forest area on Chilpi road bordering Chhattisgarh yesterday and recovered an iron container, two batteries (12 volt), an electronic detonator, TNT 18.700 kg, 1 kg glass pieces, six kg urea, 22 feet electric wire and naxal pamphlets, Balaghat Superintendent of Police (SP) Gaurav Tiwari told reporters here.
Odisha seeks more forces for LS, assembly polls on April 10, 17
Bhubaneswar: Odisha has sought additional security forces to ensure free and fair Lok Sabha and Assembly elections on April 10 and April 17, the state’s Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) said on Wednesday. “We have already 89 companies of central para-military force in the state. We have sought additional force to conduct free and fair elections in both the Naxal hit areas and other parts of the state,” Mona Sharma, the CEO, Odisha, told reporters.
RPF/PLA cadre nabbed, explosives seized
Imphal, March 04 2014 : A team of Imphal West District Police commandos arrested one active member of RPF/PLA identified as Huimi Ningshen (38) s/o Dickson Ningshen of Kangpat Khunou, Ukhrul district but presently staying in a rented house of Tabitha Ningshen of Chingmeirong Mamang Leikai on March 2, said a press release issued by SP/NAB, Manipur cum PRO, Police Department. Following his revelation, one IED weighing about 1.5 kg, seven battery sets, five detonators, one receiver and one remote control device were seized from the rented house of Sukumaya Chithung (46) w/o Ngayaomi Cithung of Tangkhul Avenue.
Outlawed killed in Chuadanga ‘shootout’
A regional leader of the outlawed Purba Bangla Communist Party was killed in a ‘shootout’ with police at Jagannathpur village in Damurhuda upazila in Chuadanga district early Wednesday, police said. The deceased was identified as Abul Kashem, 35, son of Juron Ali, a resident of Boalmari village in Mujibnagar upazila of Meherpur district, UNB reported.
Police said on secret information that a group of the outlawed party members was holding a clandestine meeting at a mango orchard of one Kanaibabu at the village, a team of police led by Rabiul Islam, sub-inspector of Damurhuda police station, conducted a raid in the area in the dead of night. Sensing the presence of the law enforcers, the criminals hurled three crude bombs on them forcing them to retaliate that triggered a gunfight. At one stage, Kashem was caught in the line of fire during the gun battle and died on the spot while his accomplices managed to flee the scene.
UCPN (M) strayed from communist ideal: Chand
NAWALPARASI, MAR 05 – CPN-Maoist Secretary Netra Bikram Chand has said the party cannot give up the values and agenda of the people’s war. Addressing a press conference organised by federation of revolutionary journalists here in Parasi on Wednesday, the CPN leader rubbished the rumour of unification with the UCPN (Maoist) as the latter has been entrapped in the quicksand of parliamentary system and would never be able to get out of it.
Chand arrived here in Bardaghat of the district to felicitate the families of those martyred and disappeared during the people’s war. The CPN-Maoist leader remarked that all the communist parties are one in terms of ideology and that his party is ready to take up any kind of step in order to fulfill the commitment of the people’s war. “We are not talking about armed revolt,” said leader Chand. “But our party is ready to launch any kind of struggle in view of the situation and there won’t be any kind of limitation.” He claimed that the agreements signed between the then seven parties and the Maoists had been violated time and again. There should be an all-side roundtable conference to give an outlet to the nation, he added.
Saying that his party’s current struggle is from the table, the CPN-Maoist leader said, “We won’t back track even if we have to stage armed revolt.” He went on to say that the main obstacle to the unification with the UCPN (Maoist) was the party leaders’ steep fall from moral and political grounds. “The Maoist revolt had grossly perverted by the time it arrived in Kathmandu from Rolpa,” said leader Chand, “It is not possible to unite with the party that has strayed from the Maoist ideology.”
He claimed that the UCPN (Maoist) did not have the principle and working policy to liberate the people. He warned that the CPN-Maoist party would go before the people if the parties tried to sideline it in the name of majority system. He lashed out at Prime Minister Sushil Koirala for his remark that Tanakpur lies is India.
8 Hurt in protests in Colombian capital
At least eight people were injured Tuesday when Colombian police used tear gas against commuters gathered at a Bogota bus terminal to protest poor service. Protests were staged at at least seven terminals of the Transmilenio system, but the most serious situation occurred at the Suba station, where riot police in armored vehicles fired tear gas and chaos ensued. Eight people were injured at the Suba station, including a man who hit his head when he fell from a height of 3 meters (10 ft.).
The man was undergoing emergency surgery at a nearby hospital, municipal authorities said. “I have been informed that there is a blockage and there is one person injured,” said Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro, who arrived at Suba to try and calm the situation. Three other people injured at the Suba terminal were also hospitalized, while four were given first aid on the scene. A pregnant woman who was in the Venecia station was taken to the Veraguas Clinic for treatment of effects resulting from gas inhalation. The demonstrations began very early in the morning when hundreds of users blockaded stations in different parts of the city to protest travel delays.
Chinese IBM workers erupt in protests over layoffs, Lenovo deal
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — Thousands of IBM workers in China – some carrying banners describing IBM as a “Sweat Shop” and “We are not merchandise” and many wearing blue lab coats – launched protests Monday that continued Tuesday in reaction to layoffs and the sale of IBM’s low-end server business to Lenovo. Unlike at the Research Triangle Park complex where layoffs spark little if any public protest, including layoffs that started last week, the IBM facility in Shenzhen City was blocked with hundreds of protesters gathered at the entrance.
Kenya Police Scatter Protesting Drivers Snarling Nairobi Traffic
Kenyan paramilitary police dispersed public-transport drivers who paralyzed traffic by blocking roads in the capital, Nairobi, in a protest against increased parking fees. Operators of buses, commuter vans, known as matatus, and taxi-cab drivers stopped traffic on some of Nairobi’s busiest streets including Thika highway, Jogoo Road and the central business district since early morning as motorists headed to work. Around noon, ground-level shops in the business district locked their doors as armed police carrying batons and shields chased protesters by foot and apprehended motorists and bus drivers as they tried to reclaim their parked vehicles.
Comrade Vetti Channi
Martyrdom : 11-08-2008
Vetti Channi was born in a poor adivasi family in Kummodthong village. She was a young comrade aged 24 years. Channi was influenced by revolutionary politics since she was a child. She began understanding about the atrocities committed by the exploiting governments on the poor people even from her childhood. Channi thought that without a Maoist movement these atrocities would not end. She decided to end the patriarchal oppression on women by joining the revolutionary movement.
In 2004, Channi joined the Gram Raksha Dal. She participated in activities along with Jan Militia members and mingled well with them. Seeing her political development, the party transferred her to work in KAMS in 2007. She was elected to the village committee of KAMS and she participated in activities conducted to solve all kinds of problems of the village people. Her role in solving the problems of the people was commendable.
She prepared the people to fight back the repression of the state and thus fulfilled her responsibilities as an organizer well. On 11 August, 2008, she went to the camping site of the Jan Militia from her field carrying an axe on her shoulders. Just then the police started firing on them. She was hit by a police bullet in her chest and she fell down and died on the spot. The police took off her clothes and put on her the dress of the militia members which they got from their bags to hide the fact that she was an unarmed person. They took her dead body to Dornapal. Comrade Channi died while fulfilling her responsibilities as a disciplined soldier in the revolutionary movement. Let us humbly bow our head and pay homage to her.
Comrade Sodi Idime
Sodi Idime was born in a middle class adivasi family in the village Tolnai (Konta Tehsil, Dantewada district, South Bastar division). She was just eighteen years old when she was killed by the police in indiscriminate firing. Idime studied till fourth standard in Dornapal and was staying there from 2003 for studies. In 2006, when she was in Dornapal, the fascist Salwa Judum repressive campaign has already started. The Salwa Judum goons did not spare the school going students too and it became very difficult for the students to continue studying in the midst of their harassment. Many of them were forcefully turned into SPOs. Idime was not at all for it and she did not want her life to be associated with this fascist outfit which perpetrated untold atrocities on her own people. She ran away from her school.
When Idime came back to her village the terror of Salwa Judum was seen everywhere. Everything belonging to the people was destroyed. Many of them were forcefully taken to the sibirs. She saw with her own eyes what kind of ‘development’ the government is forcing on the people. She saw how women were raped and how whole villages were being razed down. She decided that she would join the PLGA and fight back these fascist forces. Idime was not new to revolutionary politics. She knew about the party and PLGA from her childhood as they carried out activities in their village. She always made it a point to meet the squad and wish it ‘’Lal Salaam” whenever it came to their village.
As she was a student she began reading party literature too. Finally she decided to join the party and placed the proposal in front of the squad commander. The Area Committee immediately decided to recruit her and gave the responsibility of bringing her to the appointment to the Penta Jan Militia comrades. She was given an appointment in Kummadthong village on 11 August, 2008.
On 11-08-2009, the Penta Jan Militia comrades camped at a site and sent three comrades to bring her. Just a few minutes after Idime came to the site the police attacked them and Idime died in that indiscriminate firing by the police. This is one of the saddest incidents in the revolutionary movement as this young girl died even without getting a chance to work for the cause she had chosen to dedicate her life to. Let us vow to build a society where students who want to serve the masses could do so without any hindrance or losing their lives
Government for leaner but trained force in Maoist-affected areas for polls
NEW DELHI: The government may have patted its back over the success of Chhattisgarh state elections amid unprecedented security last year. But a home ministry advisory to Maoist-infested states has criticized the way security arrangements were made in Chhattisgarh. It asked for a leaner but trained force to handle the Lok Sabha polls. Anticipation of attacks in the wake of Maoist call to boycott polls in Chhattisgarh had seen the government deploying close to one lakh security personnel on the ground. The MHA advisory said such heavy deployment forced the state to requisition forces which were not trained to fight Naxals and thus heightened security risks.
The advisory said: “It was seen during Chhattisgarh assembly elections that the demand/availability of security forces appeared more than actually required in some places. Consequently, the security forces of states with no LWE (Left Wing Extremism) orientation were deployed which resulted in problem of ensuring their own security. It is suggested that in ‘A category’ districts (those with heavy Naxal presence) the emphasis should be on the quality of forces rather than just large numbers.” It said additional deployment in ‘A category’ districts should largely comprise paramilitary forces rather than state forces from non-LWE affected states which do not have the requisite tactical orientation.
During the assembly polls, 56,000 troops were brought from outside to boost security in the state. Their deployment was a huge exercise with CRPF putting into action 83 companies just for road opening exercise. A major part of this induction had no prior experience of fighting the Naxals. “One commandant from a paramilitary force demanded a vehicle for movement of forces—a strict no-no in Naxal areas as Maoists plant IEDs on roads,” said a senior CRPF officer pointing out the dangers of putting untrained forces in Naxal areas. The advisory also asked states to intensify anti-Naxal operations in the run-up to elections saying they could be carried out only till March 15. It also noted that “in the last four months anti-Naxal operations have not yielded results in terms of attrition among the Maoists”.
Cash, ammunition seized from Naxal hideouts
Rajnandgaon, Mar 4 (PTI) In a major haul, a whopping Rs 29 lakh were seized from a Maoist dump in Chhattisgarh’s Rajnandgaon district, police said today. Besides, ammunition and electronic gadgets were also recovered from two separate Naxal hideouts in the region.
Maoist arrested in Palamu during anti-Naxal operation by police
A Maoist cadre was arrested with arms and ammunition from Rangai village in Palamu district, police said on Tuesday. Sanjay Bhuiyan, member of Roshanji-squad, was arrested during anti-naxal ‘Operation Winner’ late on Tuesday night, Superintendent of Police YS Ramesh and CRPF Commandant Anil Minz said. The operation has been continuing for the past four days in Palamu district, Ramesh said. A loaded magazine, which was looted from the police in the past, a walkie-talkie set, 11 detonator wires, 60 cartridges and one empty magazine were recovered from his possession.
Undertrial Naxal serving life sentence escapes from court
Two prisoners, including a hardcore Maoist serving life sentence, escaped from court premises at Ghatsila, around 45 km from Jamshedpur on Monday, a senior police officer said. CPI (Maoist)’s Phogra Munda, serving life sentence in a murder case as well as facing trial in several other cases in Ghorabandha, Shyamsunderpur and other police stations in Maoist-affected Ghatsila sub-division of East Singhbhum, managed to escape soon after production in court, Superintendent of Police (Rural) Shailendra Kumar Sinha said.
Magisterial probe ordered in encounter of suspected Naxals
Raipur: A magisterial probe has been ordered into an encounter between security forces and Naxalites early this year in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district, in which two suspected cadres were killed. Kanker Collector Alarmelmangai D has ordered the magisterial enquiry headed by Sub-Divisional Magistrate of Antagarh to investigate the encounter near Michewada Hills around two months back, an official said.
Two suspected Maoists killed in Odisha encounter
Police say they were suspected to be members of the CPI (Maoist)’s “Andhra Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee” Two suspected Maoists were killed during an exchange of fire inside the jungle under the Pottangi police station area of Koraput district in south Odisha on Tuesday. Speaking to The Hindu, Koraput Superintendent of Police (SP) Awinash Kumar said as per initial reports the uniform of the slain men hinted that they were Maoist commanders.
Their identity was being ascertained. But they were suspected to be members of Koraput-Srikakulam division under the “Andhra Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee” (AOBSZC) of the outlawed CPI (Maoist). The security personnel have also seized two carbines, two magazines of fire arms and a grenade from the encounter spot. The encounter occurred during an anti-Maoist operation by the District Voluntary Force (DVF) of Koraput police, which had been initiated following intelligence reports that a group of hardcore Maoists were camping in the jungle under Pottangi police station bordering Andhra Pradesh.
Two Naxals held in Chhattisgarh
Raipur: Two Naxals, including one carrying a reward on his head, were arrested during a search operation in Maoist-affected Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh. The cadres were nabbed by a team of local police from the forests of Burji village under Gangalur police station limits last evening, a senior police official said. On sensing the security personnel near them, the duo made an attempt to escape but they were chased and nabbed, he said. During investigation, they admitted to being involved in the movement, he said. The two ultras were identified as Kadti Sannu (24) and Hemla Somlu (30), he said.
Bilbao demonstration over Economic Summit turns into riot with shops looted and mass vandalism
PROTESTS in Bilbao ahead of the national Economic Summit have turned violent and led to seven arrests after widespread damage was caused to shops, bank branches and bars in the city centre. Dozens of demonstrators, wearing balaclavas to avoid being identified, set fire to wheelie-bins and caused injuries to riot police who attempted to pin them down, emergency services claim. At least 50 protesters were ordered to show their ID, but only seven were taken into custody. Several police officers from the Ertzaintza – the Basque Country’s answer to the Guardia Civil – suffered cuts and bruises and one had to be taken to A&E after a stone was thrown at him.
The demonstration started at around 11.00hrs to protest over the Global Spain Forum 2014, and quickly got out of hand. Graffiti was sprayed over branches of high-street banks, including the BBK, Santander and Barclays, and a local Rénault dealership and the café of the Hotel de Villa suffered damage. A minority group of protesters threw stones and began to strike windows of chain stores such as Zara, Desigual, Mango and the Corte Inglés department store with iron bars and even manhole covers and bins they had ripped up. Some smashed windows and looted the premises, sabotaged the inside and scattered merchandise all over the floor in scenes which mirrored the UK riots of the summer of 2011. Vandalism to park benches and lamp posts was also reported, and firefighters were called out to deal with arson attacks on bins. Objects were thrown at the regional government office, which was also covered in graffiti, and stones were hurled at police cars.
Farmers risk stiff sentences for protesting land grabs
Since the beginning of 2014 over 149 farmers have been detained for protesting the return of grabbed land, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP). Many of the farmers have been charged with trespass as well as violating the notorious Section 18 of the Peaceful Assembly and Procession Law, which requires individuals to obtain a permit from local authorities allowing them to demonstrate. “The directives of the President are not in effect at the bottom level. The laws are not in effect at the bottom level. This is not a good sign,” said Bo Kyi of the AAPP. The Parliamentary Land Investigation Commission released a report at the end of February uncovering 745 cases of land seizure. According to the report, more than 500,000 acres of land has been grabbed by the army, local government authorities and private companies.
Gogoi faces ire of tea garden workers
JORHAT: Chief minister Tarun Gogoi faced public ire at Dipling tea estate, in Kakotibari police limits of Sivasagar district, when he attended a public meeting there on Monday. Hundreds of irate tea garden workers shouted slogans against the Assam government’s failure to provide them with basic amenities. Police tried to control the situation, but in vain. The angry workers, under the leadership of Sadou Asom Caah Janajati Suraksha Samiti, organized a protest meet at Dipling playground to condemn the government’s “apathy” towards them. Police resorted to lathi charge to control the mob and at least 15 persons, including three women, were injured. Two women police personnel also suffered injuries. Sivasagar SP Bijoy Giri Kuligam said that a few minutes after the CM addressed the public meeting, some workers staged a protest. “We resorted to lathi charge to control the mob,” he said.
Police clash with Kokstad land invaders
FARMERS in Kokstad, in southern KwaZulu-Natal, are worried about their land after a recent spate of land invasions and protests in the area. On Monday, Kokstad local municipality officials, police and private security guards demolished dozens of shacks built by land invaders on private land near Bongweni Township. The shack dwellers tried to protest but were dispersed by police and security guards. Last month hundreds of people partitioned land on another side of the small town. Last week scores of people — who call themselves Kokstad Landless People — protested outside Ohlange Cash and Carry supermarket until Saturday, claiming its owners had bought land set aside for houses.
The farms around Kokstad play a crucial role in the economy of the town and the latest land invasion has created fear in the farming community. A farmer, who asked not to be named, said a recent meeting had resolved to increase security in the farming areas. “Yesterday they invaded municipal land. Who knows what they will do next. We cannot leave anything to chance.”
Martyrdom : 28-10-2008
Saritha (35) was born in Gollapalli village of Narayanpur mandal of Medak district. Her original name was Jaya. She studied till 7th standard. Her village was associated with the revolutionary movement. She met the squad in 1994 with a personal problem. She and another man were in love but after some days he refused to marry her. He agreed to marry her after counseling by the squad. But while meeting with the squad she began understooding her problem from a social point of view. She understood the revolutionary politics and wanted to become a catalyst for social change. So she withdrew from the marriage proposal and joined the squad.
She worked in Narsapur squad for 3 years. She was shifted to Indupriyal squad in 1998. She became a SAC member. She worked in the women’s field. She was active in organizing and mobilizing women and keeping them in the forefront in the struggles. Then she took up the responsibility as Narsapur squad commander. She worked as commander of Achampet squad of Mahboobnagar district in 2001 after being shifted there. She also worked as a commander of river belt squad on the banks of the river Krishna. Then she took up the responsibility of women’s movement in the district. As part of that she organized women employees too. She led many struggles in the district.
She was promoted to the level of district committee member in 2006 and was shifted to the town movement. Severe repression, weakening movement, large scale losses, surrenders, betrayals marked that period. But amidst all these adverse circumstances too, she never lost confidence and worked determinedly in the middle of such a wide network of the enemy. She built up party in Guntur and Vijayawada districts secretly. According to the needs of the movement she spent some time in AOB and DK. As Sasi, she won the hearts of comrades there with her overflowing enthusiasm, eagerness and loving nature.
She not only instilled confidence among the people she worked with in AP, but also assured DK, AOB comrades that they would rekindle the movement in AP. She met two of her women colleagues after ten years and shared their memories. ‘Though AP movement faced serious losses, the revolutionary people are still protecting them as pupils of their eyes and they wanted revolution’, she said. She left an indelible mark on the cadres and people with her closeness and love. She concentrated on political study. She taught the cadres during combined study. She was a good singer and speaker too.
She always faced adverse conditions boldly. Once when she left the squad and went on some work, a renegade tried to rape and kill her. She was unarmed at that time but she boldly faced the situation, escaped from him and reached the squad with people’s help. Thus from the beginning she stood for the politics she believed in and swam against the tide. She earned a niche for herself in the AP movement. She was caught on 28-10-2008 along with her husband Ramchander (SCM of AP) and both of them were killed after severe torture by the greyhounds. Let us learn from her steadfastness, loving nature, determination to swim against the tide and carry forward her lofty aims.
Security forces get special training to keep Maoists in check
Jharkhand Police started special training sessions for security forces to handle improvised explosive devices (IEDs) after Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) warned the state police regarding the nefarious plans of the CPI-Maoists to disrupt Lok Sabha elections. According to the guidelines provided by the MHA, the training is being provided to all security personnel. In the first phase of training session, the security forces will be trained to maintain law and order during elections. “I have a deadline to complete the training before the election process is initiated,” said Anurag Gupta, inspector general of police and Jharkhand Police spokesperson.
Before the beginning training session, state police have also imparted training to the appointed trainers. Under the supervision of IG training Umesh Kumar Singh, the trainers were taught on IED safety protocols. The elite anti-Naxal force Jharkhand Jaguar (JJ) is being provided special training to detect and defuse IEDs. MHA wrote to the state police and informed that the banned outfit was ready to disrupt the peaceful elections in the state and they named their mission ‘Chunao Bahiskar’. Maoists were planning to ambush security forces, polling centres, police stations and polling parties in the state, the letter said. MHA has directed the state police to sensitise security forces and polling parties to strictly comply with the security drill and standard operation procedure. It also instructed road opening parties to remain alert to avoid any untoward incident.
Since 14 years, around 450 security personnel have lost their lives in various anti-insurgency operations. Maximum of them were killed in IED balsts.
Centre tells forces to remain alert in Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand
The Centre has directed security forces deployed in Bihar, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh to tighten vigil in the three states in view of intelligence reports which suggested that Naxals would try to carry out subversive attacks in the run up to the Lok Sabha polls. Worried over the plans of Maoists who may target political rallies and prominent political personalities, the Home Ministry has asked the paramilitary forces deployed in the three states to take maximum precautions and work in close coordination with the state police to foil any attempt by the rebels to disturb peace, official sources said today.
The intelligence inputs suggested that the Naxals may carry out spectacular attacks similar to the strike on a convoy of Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh before the state assembly polls in May 2013 which eliminated several top state leaders of the party. Nearly 30 people, including Chhattisgarh PCC chief Nand Kumar Patel and former Union Minister V C Shukla, were killed in that attack. Besides, in 2013, there were 383 incidents of violence in Jharkhand in which 150 civilians and security personnel were killed and there were 353 such cases in Chhattisgarh where 110 people lost their lives. In Bihar, 69 people, including security personnel, lost their lives in 176 incidents of violence in 2013.
The Home Ministry has already identified 13 worst Naxal- affected districts in Jharkhand as highly sensitive. There are eight highly sensitive districts in Chhattisgarh and five highly sensitive districts in Bihar. Concerned over high incidents of violence by Naxals, the government has asked the Election Commission to conduct the upcoming Lok Sabha polls in these 26 districts, besides seven other districts, in the first phase to ensure maximum security and minimum casualties. However, it is the EC which will take a final call on the poll schedule. More than 1.20 lakh central paramilitary personnel, in addition to state police forces, are expected to be deployed for the multi-phased Lok Sabha polls which are likely to be held in April-May.
CPN-Maoist demands apology over PM’s Tanakpur remark
KATHMANDU, MAR 02 – Alleging the Prime Minister of mentioning ‘Tankapur lies on Indian territory’, the CPN-Maoist has demanded Sushil Koirala to apologise over his ‘irresponsible and anti-national’ remarks. According to reports, the party felt Koirala’s remarks undermined the fact that ´Tanakpur river’ is a common property of both the countries since it lies on the border. Addressing a function in Nepalgunj on Friday, PM Koirala reportedly said that ‘Tanakpur doesn’t belong to Nepal’.
“It’s an established fact that both the countries have equal rights over Tanakpur. We urge Prime Minister Koirala to withdraw his remarks and apologize to the nation,” read a statement issued by party spokesperson Pampha Bhusal on Saturday.
Nepal: New CA will surely fail to draft Charter, claims Thapa Badal
General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa ‘Badal’ of Nepal Communist Party Maoist talking to the media men in Gorkha District, March 2, 2014 disclosed that his party has come to the conclusion that the incumbent Constituent Assembly too will fail to draft the constitution. He thus proposed an all party political conference as an alternative to the CA to draft the constitution. “The party’s central committee has concluded that the incumbent constituent assembly too will fail to draft the constitution,” he said and added, “Our proposal is to convene an all party conference as an alternate to the CA.”
“We will request the political parties to accept our demand,” said Thapa and continued, “Else, we will push our demand forcefully through the street as well.” “We are totally aware that the puppet constituent assembly and the puppet government will fail to draft the peoples’ constitution.” “There already exists a high level political committee. If the parties agree to give it a broader shape it will be a political conference.” “We are not demanding for our representation in the CA. We have rather demanded immediate dissolution of the constituent assembly,” he concluded.
Illegal Migrant Dies in Saudi Detention Center Unrest
An illegal migrant has died and nine others were wounded when Saudi police intervened to quell “chaos” at a detention center in the west of the kingdom, police said Monday. The casualties fell during a “stampede” at Al-Shumaisi detention center, south of the holy city of Mecca, where migrants of various nationalities are held pending deportation. Detainees “tried to cause chaos… resulting in damages to the center,” Mecca police spokesman Commander Ati al-Qurashi told Agence France Presse. He did not elaborate on the nature of the disturbances but said that police “had to intervene” and that a migrant was killed and nine others wounded in a “stampede”.
Aboriginal protest shuts Belleville-area road
BELLEVILLE, Ont. – First Nations protesters forced the closure of a rural road east of Belleville on Monday as part of their call for a federal inquiry into murdered and missing aboriginal women. Provincial police shut down the road (Shannonville Road between Old Highway Two and Airport Parkway) after an unspecified number of demonstrators blocked a section of the roadway. Both OPP and Tyendinaga Territory police are monitoring the situation, and negotiations have been held with the protesters. It’s the second recent shutdown of a road in the area related to the protests. Another nearby road was closed for most of the weekend by provincial police after a bonfire was lit by about six demonstrators on Friday.
One Haitian dead, dozens hurt at Lake Enriquillo construction protest
Jimani, Dominican Republic.- One Haitian died and dozens were hurt Saturday when workers at the Boca de Cachón (west) housing project demanded payment. Local media report that Charles Rony, 28, died and his body taken to the morgue at Barahona’s hospital. The fatality occurred when some 400 undocumented Haitian construction workers confronted members of the military in charge of security at the Government housing project being built for the inhabitants displaced by Lake Enriquillo’s encroachment. The Haitian nationals were joined by Dominican workers from the area to protest, after they were informed of more delays on salaries owed as far back as November. During the protest, Haitian workers burned one of the campsites of the contractors, one of the houses being built and destroyed part of the outer fence.
Army chief of staff Rubén Dario Paulino and Police chief Manuel Castro said around 40 people are being held, mostly Haitians, who will be charged with attacking soldiers, agents and border guards.
Martyrdom : 08-01-2009
Comrade Mallam Seethi
Seethi (26) was born in the village Singaram situated in Gollapalli area, Konta Tehsil, Dantewada dt under South Bastar division. As she was the eldest daughter, she felt that it is her responsibility to look after her parents and four younger brothers. She came into contact with the revolutionary politics in 1995. She joined the Adivasi Bal Sangatan and worked in it till she grew up. She joined the KAMS in 2000 and put efforts to learn and teach about patriarchal oppression and women’s problems in an adivasi society.
She showed an alternative path of women’s liberation to the women. Gradually, as her political awareness and organizational capabilities increased, she developed into the President of KAMS Panchayat level committee and later she was elected as the president of the newly formed Janathana Circar at Panchayat level. Whether it was the mass organization or the people’s government, she fulfilled all her responsibilities with full responsibility. She addressed large gatherings of masses that were mobilized during the various revolutionary occasions.
When the fascist Salwa Judum was launched, local goons of tribal chiefs like Mudraj, Karam Gangal and Poriyam Hidma stood in opposition to Seethi. During SJ attacks on Singaram village, dozens of houses were razed down and Seethi’s house was one of them. Seethi was not deterred by the white terror of SJ and she carried on her activities as before. Meanwhile Seethi became seriously ill. She could not even get up from her bed and walk. The inhuman SJ goons pulled her out of the house in this sensitive condition and one after another raped her brutally. They cut her body into pieces with axes and sliced with knives. Her whole body was bleeding.
Comrade Podiyam Dule
Com. Dule was born in a poor peasant family in Chencham village in Kistaram area of Konta Tehsil. She was just 18 years at the time of her death. She was the only child of her parents. She grew up in a revolutionary atmosphere from her childhood. Her family had migrated fifteen years back from Gorkha (Bhejji) and had settled in Chencham village. She worked in the Adivasi Bal Sangam and developed herself politically.
She joined the CNM later. She used to practice singing revolutionary songs while herding cattle. She sang songs in the public meetings and spread revolutionary enthusiasm among the youth. Dule and Podiyami Hidmal loved each other and had married. She went and stayed at her in-laws house in Etegatta (Vinjaram). But within eight days their happiness turned into tragedy. She was killed in Singaram massacre.
Comrade Veko Pojje
Com. Veko Pojje was born in a poor peasant family in Chencham village which falls under Kistaram area of South Bastar division. She was just 16 years at the time of her martyrdom. Her parents died when she was still a child. Along with her younger sister, Pojje used to do all kinds of odd jobs to fill their stomachs. They used to meet the squads from their childhood as they used to visit their village. As soon as she came to know that the squad has arrived, Pojje used to rush to them and happily shook hands with the guerillas with a ‘Lal Salaam’. She joined the village level CNM unit. She used to put lot of efforts to sing well.
She used to practice the difficult tunes while she herded cattle. During revolutionary occasions and in political gatherings she used to go for campaigns in villages and convey revolutionary messages through her songs. She tried to sow the seeds of revolutionary culture among the people. She used to mingle well with everybody well due to her friendly nature. Pojje was brutally murdered in the Singaram massacre. The SPOs raped her inhumanly and killed her.
Comrade Madkam Deve
Com. Madkam Deve was born in Pusapalli village which is five kilometres away from Dornapal. She was just 17 years old at the time of her death. She was the only daughter of their parents. But her parents died when she was still a child and so she could not get their love as a child. She grew up in Korsuguda at her grand parents’ home. She used to work as a labourer even as a child to fill her stomach. She joined the CNM in the village.
With her ready smile she mingled well with all her fellow members and people. She tried to learn revolutionary politics through these songs. She used to discuss with her comrades to solve any small or big problems which cropped up during work. She asked whatever she did not know and spoke whatever she knew. Seeing her abilities and the needs of the movement there, she was transferred to work in the women’s movement.
She kept on the agenda of her organization the women’s problems she had identified during her concrete study and discussed about them. She mobilized women in meetings and rallies and led them. On January 8, 2009 she was walking to Singaram from Gondigudem with her uncle Badse Bhimal. She had gone to Andhra to buy some daily needs in the weekly market. She stopped at her uncle’s home while coming back. On 8th, she was going back to her home. The SJ goons caught her and raped her brutally. They beat her black and blue and put her naked body near a stream. Her body was sliced with knives and her body was blood soaked. As long as she was conscious, she kept on shouting her uncle’s name. Then they killed her by firing at her. In spite of such tortures she did not bow her head before the enemy. Such are the ideals she left for all.