Delhi riot: Artists collective condemns police for harassing members of creative community

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The Culture Workers’ Support Trust (CWST),  a charitable organization that works among culture workers has condemned the “harassment of members of the creative community” who they said are being targeted for exercising their democratic right to raise their voice against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and “state-sponsored brutality during the anti-CAA protests.”

The collective said that naming of documentary filmmaker Rahul Roy in the supplementary charge sheet and summoning filmmaker Saba Dewan for questioning are highly objectionable.

“The harassment being meted out to young art students whose only ‘crime’ seems to have been to paint murals and make posters to question contentious laws, are highly objectionable,” CWST stated.

Along with the 600 members of the artistic community, CWST said it stands in solidarity with all victims of communal violence and those culture workers who are being persecuted for seeking a just and equitable society.

The signatories, which include students, academics and artists, further said that the continued persecution of culture workers associated with Ambedkarite movements, such as Kabir Kala Manch, also points towards this attempt to quell voices of resistance who speak truth to power through art and activism.

The statement also reads: “Unleashing a witch-hunt against creative communities, activists, students and relief workers by alleging a “riots conspiracy” reveals the machination of people in positions of power to conceal the true identity of conspirators who, through their incendiary speech acts, triggered the worst communal riots the city of Delhi has seen in decades. Not only is the Delhi Police cynically using this event to target dissenting voices, it is also denying justice to those who have suffered and died during the riots.”