Only if we can Peacefully Protest; Express our anguish and anger;
Demand a fair listening.
We all have a voice that counts. That must not be silenced.
invites peaceful protesters against public policy, demanding
fundamental freedoms, communities out to preserve livelihoods and
cultures, all those peacefully expressing their views and dissent to
share video and audio clips, photographs and or articles on these
instances of peaceful assembly. We shall ensure swift and widespread
reach of this space dedicated to deepening of our democracy and to
furthering freedoms. And create a vast community network of
solidarity, within all our societies, in India and all of Asia.
Inform us of your planned protest at
firstname.lastname@example.org; information of
spontaneous protests can also be given at 91 22 26602288/26603927.
or fill the feedback form
Celebrate Freedoms, Log In Your Protest.
Today, building of such a network within and outside of India is
critical. The creation of this network is driven by the staunch and
committed belief that the test of truly democratic societies can be
measured on how freely peoples are allowed to express dissent. We must
be able to question a government’s policies, express our
disenchantment and anger, that is our basic right. We must be able to
hold commemorative demonstrations, remember our dead and lost ones,
remind the powerful in our country and all over the world of injustice
and violence, that too is our right.
All over Asia and the world, the right to free and peaceful assembly
and protest is under threat. Combat invites you to share
creative videos, photographs, articles and interviews on peaceful
assembly and protest.
We must because we can. On
We need to systematically document protests and build solidarities.
Today, a 10 year old protest against the POSCO plant in Orissa (led by
the Posco Protirodh Sangram Samitiand Chaasi Mulya Adivasi Sangh)
finds little or no space in the mainstream media. The ongoing protests
against the forcible seizure of lands and livelihoods in Jharkand and
Chhatisgarh as documented
by the Chhatisgarh
Bachao Andolan, Chhatisgarh Mukti Morcha, Chhatisgarh PUCL and the
Jharkand Mukti Morcha have led to hundreds of false criminal charges
being filed against protesting villagers, especially women. Yet the
rest of India knows little about them. And, the over 1000 day on-going
protest against the Koodankulum nuclear plant in the southern tip of
India has also seen the media glare turn away.
Come let us look beyond the shadows and silences....