Sri Lankan workers support campaign to free framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers


Sri Lankan workers support campaign to free framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers

our correspondents

28 March 2017

Workers in the port and industrial areas of Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital city, expressed enthusiastic support for the global campaign initiated by the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI) to free the framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers in the northern Indian state of Haryana.

In a case concocted by the Japanese-owned car-company Maruti Suzuki in collaboration with the state government, its police and the courts, 13 workers were sentenced to life imprisonment on false murder charges this month. Another 18 were given three- to five-year prison terms on lesser charges.

The workers were framed-up in retribution for a series of militant struggles including strikes, factory occupations and protests in 2011-12 against harrowing workplace conditions.

The ICFI has launched an online petition [link to petition] and is calling upon workers and youth worldwide to fight for the immediate release of the Maruti Suzuki workers.

A campaign team of the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) spoke with Colombo port and industrial workers in recent days and visited a working-class neighbourhood in the city. They distributed the ICFI statement “Free the framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers” in Sinhalese and Tamil.

An SEP campaigner speaking with workers

Colombo port workers expressed support for their class brothers in India. Sri Lankan workers have themselves been targeted by a privatization campaign launched by the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government.

A number of workers drew parallels between the frame-up of the Maruti Suzuki workers and the brutal police crackdown against Sri Lankan…

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