Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Communists and Islamic fanatics hold joint rallies

Communists and Islamic fanatics take to streets to condemn Saddam's execution

Kozhikode, Dec. 30 (PTI):
Even as political parties and other outfits in Kerala have called for a hartal this afternoon to condemn the execution of Saddam Hussein, the city witnessed demonstrations by various organisations to vent their anger against "US imperialistic designs".

Hundreds of activists of pro-CPI(M) DYFI and the National Development Front, a Muslim fundamental outfit, Sunni Students Federation and outfits affiliated to the Indian Union Muslim League took out protest marches condemning the "heinous murder" of the former Iraqi President and the "imperialistic designs" of President George W Bush, police sources here said.

The activists held demonstrations in various parts of the city, including the crowded Palayam bus stand, Kidson corner and Maananchira localities, they said.

The NDF activists burnt an effigy of George Bush at Mananchira circle.

In Kasaragod town, the execution of Saddam Hussein evoked widespread protests with major political parties taking out huge demonstrations to condemn the execution.

The constituent parties of the ruling Left Democratic Front and opposition united democratic front, Solidarity Youth Movement affiliated to Jamaat Islami section took out marches here, which were attended by large number of people.

The Muslim League, a UDF constituent, also took out a separate march to condemn the Iraqi developments, leading to the execution of that country's former President.

The DYFI plans to hold a march later to protest the incident. No untoward incidents had been reported during the series of demonstrations, police sources said.

Source : The Hindu

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