Protests Against Indo-US Naval Exercises

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Press Release

Protest Rallies Against Indo-US Naval Exercises

The CPI(M) is organizing protests all along the West Coast on October 24 against the Indo-US Naval exercises being conducted in the Arabian Sea. The “Malabar Exercises” involve US naval ships led by the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan.

The Party is holding protest rallies in 15 centres all along the West Coast in the four states of Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka and Kerala. There will be ten rallies in the nine coastal districts of Kerala: Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Allapuzha, Ernakulam, Trissur, Malapuram, Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasargode. In Karnataka, the rally will be held in Mangalore. In Goa it will be held in Vasco da Gama. In Maharashtra there will be protest rallies at Thalasseri (Thane District), Uran (Raigad district) and Mumbai.

CPI(M) leaders S. Ramachandran Pillai, V.S. Achuthanandan, Pinarayi Vijayan, Brinda Karat and K Varadarajan – all members of the Polit Bureau will be addressing some of these rallies.