Saturday, May 14, 2011

Yemen/ Syria

Even as news of the NATO forces bombarding Qaddafi's compound in Tripoli emerged earlier today, reports this morning conspicuously juxtaposed it against how the protests in Yemen and Syria are being simultaneously brutally repressed. In Syria, the demonstrations against Asad are being quelled from town to town, even as demonstrators continue braving the streets despite the escalation of violence. In Yemen yesterday, 16 protesters died and 200 were injured when the police fired at protesters indiscriminately. Students continue to brave the regime's clamp-down and coalesce in the streets. Retributive, military attacks against democratic protests are anathema to politics today, even as they grow fiercer and more frequent, from West Asia to supposedly democratic countries like India.

In Noida, the police intervention in the farmers' protests has been violent and highly punitive. Even as the villages in question are cordoned off and politicians, social workers and citizens are denied access to the hinterland, several men in the villages are still missing from their homes. The UP government's recent executive orders relating to the regulation (or suppression) of protests (or 'law and order situations') are highly autocratic and unconstitutional. The violence that the recent farmers' agitation has seen is going to be a tipping-point.


Furree Katt said...

it's a shame about the protesters.
why is India 'supposedly' democratic? i am quite out of touch with politics.

Arjun Rajkhowa said...

There are many protest movements in India that are quashed by brute force and violence. The recent farmers' protest in the north has reportedly seen the disappearance of many men from their villages. In recent years, civil rights activists have been targeted by state agencies for their work. Right To Information activists are often victim to harassment and intimidation.