To Oppose the Anti-peasant laws enacted by the government and in support of the militant struggle being waged by the peasants in Delhi, various farmer’s organisations have given a call to intensify the agitation all over India on 14, 15 and 16th of Dec. Peasant organizations all over TN have taken up this call and organized militant demonstrations and agitations in all districts of TN in front of the Collector’s office.
More than a thousand peasants gathered in front of the Thoothukudi Collector’s office on December 14th morning. Peasant organizations of All India Kisan Sabha, Tamizhaga Vivasayigal Sangam and many other organizations planned and organized this agitation. Peasants gathered in front of Collector’s office waving their Union’s flags. They were holding a joint banner of their agitation, which read “Indefinite Struggle at Collector’s office by joint front of farmers’ organisations to demand that Central Government should withdraw the anti-peasant Acts, in support of the struggling peasants in Delhi and to demand Government of Tamilnadu to pass a resolution in the TN Assembly against these anti-peasant Acts”. Peasants have come from many different places of Thoothukudi district and beyond. Many women farmer activists also joined the agitation.
Protesters raised slogans “Down with the anti-peasant Laws”, “Scrape all the anti-peasant Laws”, “Do not violate the rights of Peasants”, “Down with the government which is protecting the big Capitalists interests”, “Our struggle will continue till our demands are met”, “Stop attacking the struggling peasants in Delhi”, “Inquilab Zindabad”, etc.
Demonstration was led by Com. Nellaiah, Convenor of AIKS. He explained the condition of peasants in India and that the new laws are against the interests of peasants and Indian people. He stressed the urgent need to fight against the government and importance to annul the Anti-peasant laws. Then Com K P Perumal spoke. He denounced the government which has brought these anti-peasant legislations to support the profit greedy big Corporations. He pointed out that they have gathered there to show their solidarity with the peasants who are fighting in Delhi and all over the country against the anti-peasant laws by peacefully demonstrating in front of Thoothukudi Collector’s complex. It is atrocious for the Police and authorities to deny permission even for such peaceful agitations. On behalf of all those who have gathered there, he reiterated their resolve to continue the agitation there and refused to disperse till the acts are withdrawn by the government.
However Police kept saying that the protesters do not have any permission to gather and agitate there and wanted the protesters to voluntarily co-operate with the Police for the arrests. And then they started arresting the protesters and took them away. Vice President of Thamizhaga Vivasayigal Sangam, Saravanamuthuvel, was also among the arrested activists.
However one can see the resolve and determination of the Peasants in Tamilnadu to fight against the anti-peasant laws of the Indian Government. The agitation continued on 15th and 16th also.