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As the dream of Amaravati shatters, protest against the three capitals completes 500 days

by Supraja
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On 17th December 2019, a group of farmers belonging to Thullur and other capital regions of the state of Andhra Pradesh started their protest against the three capital announcement of the chief minister. While the state government-backed its decision saying it leads the decentralization of development, the farmers who gave up their lands for the construction of the capital city were left to their own fate. 

Farmers have organized themselves under the aegis of Amaravati Parirakshana Samiti and continued their peaceful protest that saw unwarranted violence due to the state government’s intervention, leading to the police lathi charging the women farmers. Illegal cases were filed against 2500 protestors. Despite the provocation, farmers decided to protest peacefully and chose a novel way to express their concerns. In February 2020, farmers stood on either side of the roads leading to the High Court with folded hands. In an unusual move, the state government slapped cases under SC, ST Atrocities Act on Dalit farmers. When Amaravati farmers had stopped a few outsiders and questioned their credentials, an SC/ST atrocity case was filed against them and they were handcuffed with chains. They were detained for 18 days though it was a bailable case. In addition to these attacks, the YSRCP leaders and Ministers passed derogatory comments against the farmers. Botsa Satyanarayana, State Minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Development called the protesting farmers as “paid artists” fielded by the opposition party TDP.

The farmers’ protest completed more than 500 days of struggle. Looking back, one can see the gross violation of human rights and attempts by the state government and the ruling party leaders to suppress the voice of Amaravati farmers. All these intimidation and suppression tactics of the state government were a failure in front of the farmers’ firm resolve for justice. 

“It’s better to protest than to accept injustice”

 

                          • Rosa Parks

 

 

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