‘We will not take a break’, insist OU students. Tension born out of apprehension about breaking violence prevails on the campus as police are determined to stop them from stepping out in groups.
Venting their anger, protesters on Monday burnt effigies of chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy, Telangana Rashtra Samithi Chief K Chandra Sekhar Rao, Lagadapati Rajagopal and many more.
“First, the police gives us permission and then they lock us in. This time the movement became violent only due to police suppression. Though they lock us up we have our own ways to get out and create revolution,” said Krishank Manne, spokesperson, and OUJAC.
Touch of Arab Spring?
OU students this time are aggressively using social media to communicate and spread message about the T protest. “The government used jammers to prevent us from using social media,” claimed M Bhaskar, president OUJAC.
Students made YouTube videos, used Facebook, Twitter and visual ads were also aired on a few Telugu news channels. They also distributed pamphlets and stuck posters.
“Unlike political rallies, we did not bring people in trucks. Each one came on one’s own after seeing the message we circulated. In fact not just students but people came here from various walks of life,” said Bhaskar M.
Today, OU students will be joining the political JAC hunger strike. Despite not working on the same lines, students will support the political JAC.
“This time it’s a people’s movement and students are on the forefront. Other so-called political leaders should stop lobbying in Delhi. We will not keep quiet; the momentum has started and until Telangana is not declared we will keep the fire on. However, today being Gandhi Jayanti we will do a silent protest,” said Manne.
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