TUR slams Centre after Fr Swamy’s demise

Shillong, July 5: The Thma U Rangli Juki (TUR) has condoled the death of Fr Stan Swamy, an activist Jesuit priest, who worked for the cause of tribal rights and the rights of the marginalized in Jharkhand.
In a statement issued today, TUR leader Angela Rangad termed the BJP led NDA government as a ‘Hindutva Fascist government’ which arrested him on ‘false charges’ as part of nationwide arrests of activists and intellectuals for a so-called Bhima-Koregaon conspiracy.
She said Fr Swamy who was living with Parkinson’s disease and age-related maladies was physically broken down by Covid infection in jail. She also said that he was falsely incarcerated even as she termed this as a testimony to the authoritarian nature of this government.
“His death while waiting for bail shows us, citizens, that for this government any democratic dissent is unacceptable and has to be brutally put down. Fr. Swamy knew this well,” Rangad said.
She also highlighted that one of Fr Stan Swamy’s last messages was “What is happening to me is not something unique, happening to me alone. It is a broader process that is taking place all over the country. We are all aware how prominent intellectuals, lawyers, writers, poets, activists, student leaders – they are all put in jail just because they have expressed their dissent, I am ready to pay the price whatever may it be.”
Meanwhile, Rangad said TUR in this moment of anguish and pain resolves to oppose all instances of fascist authoritarianism and to carry forward the struggles of the oppressed and marginalized.