Responding to the call by the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Students’ Union for an international day of protest on March 2nd, the Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia invites you to join a vigil:
Harvard Square “T” stop, Cambridge MA
Wednesday 7 PM – March 2, 2016
Please bring candles, signs, songs, chants…and please spread the word!
In response to an event organized on 9th February against the execution of Afzal Guru, Delhi Police have arrested The JNU Students’ Union President Kanhaiya Kumar on charges of sedition and criminal conspiracy, largely based on false and doctored video evidence. Subsequently, other student leaders from JNU have been arrested and sedition charges brought against political leaders speaking in support of Mr. Kumar. Indian citizens, expatriates, academics, and activists from around the world have condemned the growing intolerance and attack on free speech by the current BJP Government. Several statements in support of the JNU students have been released, one including leading scholars such as Noam Chomsky, Orham Pamuk, and Akeel Bilgrami censuring the “shameful act of the Indian Government” in invoking an outdated sedition law from the colonial era to silence critics.