Mumbai Protest ” HANDS OFF OUR RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT. ”
Posted by rtiact2005 on August 7, 2006
Many different groups and individuals came to Santacruz to decide on the ways to protest against the Government’s plan to attack the freedom of Citizens by diluting the provisions of the Right To Information Act.
Everyone was clearly convinced that the simple message that the Government must be given is :
” HANDS OFF OUR RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT. ”
We are convinced that any subterfuge by the Government in the guise of improving transparency and accountability will be a move to take back the freedom and rights we have got now. Citizens of India will not permit this.
In terms of actions to protest this move, the following was decided:
1. Citizens will come to August Kranti Maidan on 9th August, between ans walk around the Maidan between 9.00am to 11.00am. This day is the Anniversary of the Quit India Movement. Everyone is requested to come with a black cape. This can be done easily by taking about two meters of black cloth, and making a large hole for the head in the center. Pin the two sides. Before putting the cape/apron on write : ‘ DON’T KILL RTI”,
” RTI per Maar, Jantapar atyachar.”
There will be no assembly, nor speeches or any slogans.
We will silently and individually go around the August Kranti Maidan as a mark that we are ashamed to enter this hallowed ground, when Swaraj eludes us and ‘our’ Government,- not Britishers,- abridges our Rights.
Do spread the word to all Citizen to come. During this action, do not form groups, and please go around the Maidan silently.
2. PCGT will try and organize street plays at various railway stations.
3. Raheja College students will hold placards denouncing this attack on our RTI for three days, which will be announced later. They will also consider putting up street plays.
4. NAPM will organize to have volunteers holding placards at Churchgate station in the coming week.
5. Other organisations will plan and execute their own protests in different places.
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