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24 June, 2014

Pledge to protect democracy: Jantar Mantar Chalo on June 26

Civil Society groups of the Jana Awaaz platform have called for a Jantar Mantar Chalo programme on June 26, anniversary of the 1975 Emergency declaration.

They have suggested that those who cannot join the Delhi programme may organize similar programmes in their cities and towns.
The following is the text of a communication received in this connection:  

Dear Friends and Saathis,

Many groups and individuals came together in April 2014 to form Jan Awaaz, a platform to create space for voicing democratic concerns and build alternative politics in line with constitutional values.
This platform also hopes to give us space to articulate political opinion and protect free speech and expression.

On the 26th of June, 1975 our fundamental freedoms and democracy came under attack with the imposition of Emergency. In light of recent incidents where free speech and expression have come under assault, and to reaffirm our commitment to these constitutional values, Jan Awaaz is organizing a public event from 4-6 pm at Jantar Mantar on the 26th of June 2014 to pledge to protect constitutional democracy.

We plan to gather together to engage with democratic movements through discussions, art, theater and music and be aware of the dangers and threats to our democracy. The event will also showcase an exhibition of posters and photographs remembering various democratic struggles.

We are aware that there are multiple public meetings on the 26th of June. We would be very happy if you could make some time to be part of this celebration of our democratic values at Jantar Mantar. 

We would also request you to circulate this widely and pass this word around.

We will be strengthened by your presence, thoughts and your contributions in any way you feel appropriate.

Groups that are unable to join us at Jantar Mantar could organize similar public events to protect democratic spaces in their cities/towns.

In solidarity,
Aruna Roy, Nikhil Dey, Kiran Shaheen and Siddhartha

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