[AI] Police remove visually challenged protesters

Gopal gopalakrishnan_vip at yahoo.co.in
Sun Sep 30 08:35:00 EDT 2007


Hello,

As you know that unless we protest, Government do not fulfil our demands or 
needs.  College Students and Graduates Association of the Blind, Chennai, 
every year, organises agitations and they achieve their demands.  This year 
too,  they have got appointment with the Chief Minister of the State today, 
through their strong protests only.  Let us pray for their demands to be 
fulfilled.  Wherever such strikes and agitations are organised, we all have 
to extend our support as far as possible.  Unless you knock the door, you 
cannot get anything from the government.

Let us hope for the best!

With regards,

Gopalakrishnan
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Subramani L" <lsubramani at deccanherald.co.in>
To: <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
Sent: Sunday, September 30, 2007 2:06 PM
Subject: Re: [AI] Police remove visually challenged protesters


> Somehow, I am not for these protests. Energy spent for such activities
> can be channelised for something better. We don't gain much attention
> from politicians as our votes are not going to decisively change the way
> politics is run in this country. And unless we hold that decisive
> position in the group of voters, I don't think much can be achieved
> through these protests, except bad treatment by police.
>
> Subramani
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> Sent: Saturday, September 29, 2007 11:59 AM
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> Police remove visually challenged protesters
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> Ananth Krishnan
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> - Photo: S.S. Kumar
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> Voicing demands: A visually challenged person being forced to get into a
> bus at the Kodambakkam bridge in Chennai on Friday.
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> CHENNAI: The police forcibly removed blind protesters in three different
> areas of the city and detained them for several hours on Friday, as
> student groups and activists for the visually challenged continued their
> agitation urging the State Government to consider their '15-point
> charter of demands.'
> Their demands include increased financial assistance for graduate and
> postgraduate students and reservation of five seats in government and
> government-aided colleges.
> Protesters at the Kottivakkam overbridge said that police had "slapped"
> them and used lathis to load them in buses while breaking up the
> protest. Police officials, however, denied the charges, saying that they
> only removed the protesters, with traffic being disrupted for more than
> one hour.
> Sixteen fasting students were taken to the Government Royapettah
> hospital, but they refused the intravenous treatment offered to them.
> Around 200 protesters gathered in Kottivakkam, and several others in
> Mylapore and Triplicane.
> Student groups for the visually challenged have been protesting and
> organising fasts across Tamil Nadu for three days.
> The groups have also asked the authorities to relax the norms for
> pension eligibility for visually challenged employees, as well as extend
> the special vehicle allowance provided for physically handicapped
> persons to the visually challenged.
> Murugesan, a member of the College Students and Graduate Association of
> the Blind, told The Hindu that they would call off their protest if they
> were allowed to convey their demands directly to the Chief Minister.
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