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The arrest of Disha Ravi was a blatant example of state terror and the violation of freedom of speech and expression. It sparked a fire within us to get to the streets right away and raise our voices for Disha and everyone else who has been silenced by the state. Image

To that end, Fridays For Future West Bengal, a few concerned citizens, and the student organisations ISU, AISA, AIDSO, RSF, and PDSF organised a protest and submission of a deputation to the Governor of West Bengal. Image

Around 70 people attended the protest and the spirit was unbelievable and didn't quiver for even a moment.
Our banner and pledge read 'We all are "Disha Ravi". Arrest us all!' We did not get to meet the governor but we were able to get our deputation sealed. Image

At the end of our protest, we learned that Disha had finally been released. We were, of course, elated, however, we'll continue to raise our voice for all the other activists who are still behind bars, for simply exercising their constitutional right to voice dissent.

Let Disha's story serve as an example of how the state terrorises its own citizens and only serves a handful of rich people and powerful corporations.

Photographs by @silpix/@Reuters.

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