Not sure how to approach this, it sort of reminds me of the Che-t-shirt wearers.
Che Guevera, you may recall, was responsible for a lot of political deaths. But the “iconic” image persists in popular culture.
So, today, on the 4th of July, someone posts a quote from someone I hadn’t heard of, saying “remember what you’re worshiping”. I found the speech to be just a little wacky, but I’ve lived and worked in Santa Fe, where the speech was given, so I know there’s plenty of people who think like that.
So I looked into who this person was. Seems like she did a sympathetic article on a group of Maoists in India who are battling with their government.
Now, this is the first I’ve heard of any of this, but when I look a little further into recent news of the group, I see a quote from that group regarding bombing a bus, killing a hundred or so people.
Referring to the May 18 incident in which the rebels blew up a bus in Konta block in Dantewada district, Usendi said its cadres had targeted the bus as Special Police Officers (SPOs) were travelling on top of the bus and without realizing that civilians were travelling in the bus.
Um, blowing up buses, isn’t going to win much support from me, for whatever your cause that I just found out about is.
Quoted in its entirety, because, this is just kind of shocking to me.
In yet another strike by Naxalite elements, a bus has been blown up in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh by landmines and at least 50 persons are presumed to have lost their lives. Home Minister P. Chidambaram has to now modify his approach to the problem – sweet talks will not help, what is needed is strong action. The toll could be much higher because the bus was carrying 65 to 70 passengers and the explosion totally destroyed the bus and made a huge ten feet crater on the road. The IED was planted on the metalled road and was activated by remote control – locals heard gunfire after the blast and concluded that the Naxalites wanted to leave as many dead as possible. The private bus was an ordinary one carrying civilians but in this particular bus there were some SPOs (Special Police Officers) also. This could be a reason for blowing it up along with civilians.
So, I didn’t know where else to post this, but I found it rather shocking that someone would quote an apparent sympathiser to this group as having some kind of special insight in to what we celebrate on the Fourth of July.
More info on bombing public transportation…
Maoists bomb trains
Maoists bomb mine