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Protesting World Bank Aid

Protesting World Bank Aid ON January 22, 'Yuvajanavedi', the militant democratic youth wing of CPI(ML) Red Flag gheraoed a World Bank team headed by one of its vice presidents Caros Mano- glew, which arrived in Cochin. The anti- imperialist democratic youth organisation 'Yuvajanavedi' (Youth Forum) had been carrying out in Kerala several militant struggles against the anti-people economic, educational and cultural policies^of both the central and state governments since its inception three years back. The vedi had come to know from press reports of the visit of a four-member team of the World Bank to appraise the World Bank-aided schemes in the state and that on January 22 it would be reaching Cochin to have a discussion with the officials of Greater Cochin Development Authority (GCDA) regarding the Kerala Urban Development Project for Trivandrum, Cochin and Calicut, the blueprints of which were brought from World Bank headquarters. The state committee of the Yuva- janavedi issued a call to its members all over the state to observe the day as a black day and to hold black flag demonstrations and protest marches wherever possible, A decision to picket the GCDA office in Cochin on that day was also taken. Since the vedi was very particular to carry out these struggles democratically the resolution of the state committee was released to the press and police in time. At about 11 am on January 22, about 100 Yuvajanavedi activists came in a procession with black flags and carrying placards with 'World Bank Monsters Go Back' inscribed on them. After entering the GCDA building, they forced their way into the conference hall, where the World Bank team was having discussion with state bureaucrats.

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