Allow democratic protests on Marina: Velmurugan
Threatens to stage demonstrations until CMB is formed
Following the Madras High Court observation that protests could be allowed on the Marina beach if they were peaceful in nature, Tamizhaga Valvurimai Katchi leader P. Velumurugan on Monday urged the State government and the police department to allow peaceful and democratic protests.
The court made the observation recently while hearing a case by farmer leader P. Ayyakannu.
Pointing out that he had already petitioned the police for permission to hold protests on the Marina beach until the Cauvery Management Board is formed, Mr. Velmurugan said, “If permission is refused, the cadre of Tamil Vazhvurimai Kootamaippu (an umbrella organisation of 150 Tamil outfits) will protest against big private industries that use so much water, especially MALCO which uses 10 TMC water from Mettur Dam.”
He claimed that the mainstream Dravidian parties — DMK and AIADMK — were unable to ignore the protests started by him. “I started the #IPLGOBACK, #MODIGOBACK slogans, which were accepted by a majority of the people and became popular. This is why the Opposition party tried to appropriate these slogans after four days,” he said.
He made it clear that he was not opposed to the Dravidian movement but only to the Dravidian parties that have been in power. “I identify with many aspects of the movement. I am not like other (Tamil nationalist) leaders. But I have problems with the Dravidian parties which have compromised with the Central government and ceded the rights of the State. M.K. Stalin could have done all this when he was the deputy Chief Minister; he could have ensured the formation of CMB.”