Sri Lankan workers and students oppose Maruti Suzuki frame-up
5 May 2017
Socialist Equality Party (SEP) and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) supporters in Sri Lankan are continuing the struggle to free the imprisoned Maruti Suzuki workers in India.
Over the past week campaigners won support at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura and Colombo University as well as from workers near the Colombo Port. Hundreds of World Socialist Web Site articles were distributed, appealing for workers everywhere to support the International Committee of the Fourth International’s (ICFI) fight to secure the release of the victimised workers.
In March, 13 Maruti Suzuki workers were sentenced to life imprisonment. This included the entire 12-member committee of the Maruti Suzuki Workers Union (MSWU), an independent trade union established by workers at the Japanese automaker’s assembly plant in Manesar, northern India. The mostly young workers are now condemned to rot in the living hell of Indian prisons for the rest of their lives. Another 18 employees also received heavy jail terms.
Madhuka and Dilan, second-year art students from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, denounced the imprisonment of the Indian autoworkers. “Sri Lankan workers and youth are also fighting to defend their rights, but instead of fulfilling their demands, the government is hell bent on crushing them,” they said. “The victimisation of the Maruti Suzuki workers by the Indian government is the worst example of this sort of attack. It is very clear that this is the situation prevailing internationally and so workers need to organise internationally.”
Dilan agreed with SEP/IYSSE campaigners’ insistence that these attacks could not be…