In India, protests demanding the release of priest and activist Stan Swamy

Jesuit priest Stan Swamy was arrested near Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand, and jailed for "Maoist terrorism". Demonstrations to demand his release have been organized in various cities in India. 

Lon October 8, the father Stan Swamy was arrested at his home in the Jesuit community of Ranchi by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) of India. Accused of having links with Maoists, he was placed in détention provisional until October 23 in Bombay.

In one press release, the Jesuit Conference of South Asia, reports that the priest "had already been interrogated several times for more than 15 hours by the NIA in July and August".

The Jesuit is also famous for being a human rights activist and defenders of minority communities. He opposed several government policies. The statement said Father George Pattery, president of the Jesuit Conference of South Asia, spoke in an open letter in defense of Father Swamy:

“We are shocked and dismayed to know that Father Stan Swamy, who has worked his entire life for the relief of the oppressed and other vulnerable people, has been arrested by the NIA. "

In analysis realized shortly before his arrest, the octogenarian priest explained that he had been in the sights of the NIA for some time. He also recalled that this was often the case with dissidents in power:

“What is happening to me is not unique. Many activists, lawyers, writers, journalists, student leaders, poets, intellectuals and others who defend the rights of Adivasis, Dalits and the marginalized and express their dissent against the ruling powers of the country are targeted. "

On October 12, protests were held in various cities in India to demand the release of Stan Swamy who becomes the oldest person accused of terrorism in India.

New Delhi, Bengaluru, Patna, Kochi and even Mumbai are all cities where hundreds of indignant people gathered to oppose the arrest of the 83-year-old priest.

A petition condemning the arrest of this human rights activist is also circulating on the internet.

CP

 

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