CEBRASPO joins the campaign led by various democratic and progressive organizations worldwide in defense of life and for the liberation of progressive intellectuals and defenders of the rights of the people, the revolutionary poet Varavara Rao and Professor GN Saibaba, political prisoners of the old Indian State.
As a result of the economic offensive of the Indian ruling classes, pressed by the more global crisis of imperialism, to further exploit the workers, in an impossible attempt to reverse it, governments become more and more reactionary and fascist. Therefore, it is necessary to crush the democratic voices that denounce the increase in inequality and the worsening of the living conditions of the broad masses. To do this, they override the most basic democratic rights and pass draconian laws to silence the people. Prejudices are growing against historically oppressed sectors such as the Dalits, Muslim minorities, Adivasis and women. They murder ideologically opposed opponents (rationalists) and apply mass incarceration to intellectuals, artists and other defenders of democratic and progressive people's rights.
Two of these imprisoned intellectuals are in extremely poor health, with a risk of death. The COVID-19 epidemic has spread intensely in prisons whose occupation is far beyond that recommended, without adequate medical assistance. Many international organizations, such as the WHO itself, recognizing the difficulty of controlling COVID-19 in prisons, have recommended the release and modification of sentences for prisoners at risk in the pandemic, as is the case of these fighters.
The consecrated poet Varavara Rao, who is 81 years old and has been in prison for 2 years, is with COVID-19, which added to previous very precarious health conditions. He is an activist for the autonomy of the state of Telangana. GN Saibaba, a professor at the University of Delhi is paralyzed. They, together with 12 more social rights activists, writers, poets were put in prison on false charges of "urban terrorism". And since then, his companions and family members have denounced the lack of adequate medical care and the worsening of their health status.
We demand that these two defenders of the people's rights, elderly people with extremely weak health, be released immediately from prisons.
We call on all Democrats to demand the immediate freedom of VARAVARA RAO and GN SAIBABA!
In defense of the life of VARAVARA RAO and GN SAIBABA!
Freedom for all political prisoners in India!
All prisoners over 60 must be released.
BRAZILIAN CENTER FOR SOLIDARITY TO THE PEOPLE - BRAZIL