The Tamil Nadu Anaithu Vivasaya Sangangalin Poratta Kuzhu (All Farmer Union’s protesting group) has recently mobilized a state-wide protest to demand justice for the farmers from Tiruvannamalai who were unjustly arrested and booked under the Goondas Act. This act, which allows for preventive detention, has faced criticism for its potential abuse and violation of civil liberties.
In an inspiring show of solidarity, the union has organized a mass hunger strike scheduled for November 29 in Chennai, as a means to amplify their concerns. The farmers from Melma and nearby villages in Tiruvannamalai district had been peacefully protesting against the state’s land acquisition for the State Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu (SIPCOT). Their demands largely revolve around the fair treatment of farmers and the withdrawal of legal actions against them.
At a recent meeting held in Trichy, the participants of the Anaithu Vivasaya Sangangalin Poratta Kuzhu voiced their grievances against the state government. The union strongly believes that the arrested Tiruvannamalai farmers were wrongfully accused of causing a dispute with the police. Through their protests, the union aims to garner the state government’s attention and push for the withdrawal of all charges against the farmers and farmer association leaders involved in the SIPCOT project. They also seek the dismissal of Goondas Act charges specifically against A Arul, one of the farmers.
This endeavor highlights the resilience and determination of Tamil Nadu’s farming community in fighting for their rights. The protesters are calling for a fair assessment of the situation and an end to the criminalization of their legitimate dissent. Such collective action serves as a reminder of the power of united voices and their ability to challenge unjust systems.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the Goondas Act?
The Goondas Act is a piece of legislation in Tamil Nadu that allows for preventive detention of individuals who are deemed to be a potential threat to public order and safety. It has been criticized for its potential misuse and violation of civil liberties.
What are the farmers protesting against?
The farmers are protesting against the land acquisition for the State Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu (SIPCOT). They believe that their rights and interests are being disregarded in the process, and they are demanding justice and fair treatment.
What are the farmers’ demands?
The farmers are demanding the withdrawal of all cases registered against farmers and farmer association leaders involved in the SIPCOT project. They also seek the dismissal of Goondas Act charges against one specific farmer named A Arul.
How are the farmers expressing their concerns?
The farmers have organized a state-wide protest and plan to engage in a mass hunger strike in Chennai. These collective actions are intended to draw attention to their cause and put pressure on the state government to address their demands.