Thirteen sentenced to life imprisonment in India
Free the framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers!
20 March 2017
The World Socialist Web Site calls on its readers to sign the online petition demanding the relase of the 13 framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers!
Workers across India, throughout Asia and around the world must come to the defense of the 13 Maruti Suzuki workers whom an Indian court has cruelly and vindictively sentenced to life imprisonment. Given the brutal conditions that exist in Indian prisons, the workers have been consigned to the equivalent of a living hell. But they are all innocent men. The only “crime” of which they are guilty is fighting brutal conditions at their auto factory near Delhi.
Their convictions are the outcome of a monstrous frame-up mounted by the Suzuki Corporation, the police and judicial authorities, with the full complicity of India’s principal political parties—the Congress Party and the Hindu supremacist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The savage sentences imposed on the Maruti Suzuki workers must be reversed! The workers must be freed and allowed to return to their families and their jobs.
The 13 workers condemned to life in prison include the entire 12-member executive of the Maruti Suzuki Workers Union (MSWU). Workers at Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar, Haryana car assembly plant established the MSWU in bitter struggle against a stooge union that had connived with the company in their exploitation.
The framed-up workers were involved in a series of militant industrial actions and protests, including walkouts and sit-down strikes, that challenged the sweatshop regime Maruti Suzuki and other major employers, foreign- and domestically-owned, maintain in their Indian plants.
The International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI) and the…