Modi’s opponents denounce India’s drift toward dictatorship

Indian democracy is weakening every day. The Narendra Modi government has just presented a new picture of this, Friday 5 August, by arresting opposition leaders who were intending to peacefully protest across the country to denounce in the street high prices, unemployment and tax hikes. On the basics, after being prevented from raising these issues in Parliament. The operation was called “Black Friday” (“Black Friday” in English).

The police in New Delhi arrested several lawmakers, who were wearing black shirts in unison, including party leader Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka. A total of 65 deputies were detained for six hours. To stop their march, the government imposed the application of Article 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure which prohibits any gathering of five or more people, as well as holding public meetings.

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We are here to raise the issue of high prices. Our job is to resist these forces, to ensure the protection of democracy in India, and to raise the people’s issues. This is what we do,” Rahul Gandhi said, during his arrest. The police dragged his sister, the Secretary of Congress, into a security vehicle. to the Prime Minister, Did she have time to declare, There is no hypertrophy. He gave the country’s wealth to a few people, they have a lot of money, they can’t see the price going up. But the man of the people suffers. Flour, rice, cooking gas, everything became very expensive. »

Le jour même, la Banque de réserve de l’Inde a fait écho aux inquiétudes des manifestants, estimant que l’inflation de détail se situe au-dessus « du seuil de tolérance » supérieur de 6% pendant six mois consécutifs, jusqu June. The price inflation index had reached an eight-year high of 7.79% in April. The Indian subcontinent is also facing a serious employment crisis. Data from private research firm India’s Economic Monitoring Center shows unemployment rose to 7.8% in June from 7.1% the previous month, with a rate of 43.7% in the 20-24 age group.

“Especially dark signal”

On the occasion of the monsoon waiver, which began on July 18, the opposition requested a debate in Parliament on these issues related to the cost of living, unemployment and governance. In response, the two presidents suspended twenty-three deputies from the Senate and four representatives from the House of Representatives representing various opposition parties.

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