“This is nothing but class war”
International support grows for petition to free framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers
29 March 2017
Workers and young people around the world have signed the online petition to demand the freedom of 13 Maruti Suzuki workers in India who have been condemned to life in prison on trumped-up murder charges. The petition drive was initiated by the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI) after a court in the northern Indian state of Haryana sentenced the men on March 18.
So far over 1,000 people have signed the petition to the Indian government, with many leaving comments denouncing the frame-up and expressing their solidarity with the courageous workers. The signatories are from 33 countries on five continents.
They include workers and young people in India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Afghanistan; railway workers and other workers in France, Italy, the UK and Germany; autoworkers in Ohio and Michigan in the US; signers in Australia and New Zealand; a government worker in Haryana, India and Pasindu Yathindra, the vice treasurer of the Central Bank Employees Union in Sri Lanka.
The petition has been translated into Hindi, Tamil, Urdu, French, Spanish and Turkish, and the ICFI appeal, “Free the framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers!” has also been translated into several European and South Asian languages. A social media video released by the World Socialist Web Site earlier this week to publicize the campaign has been watched over 17,000 times.
Much more needs to be done. The Maruti Suzuki workers are victims of a corporate-government vendetta aimed at crushing the resistance of workers to the sweatshop conditions and low wages central to Prime Minister Modi’s “Make in India” campaign. Twelve of…