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Police raid home in Delhi for Laura Bush's visit
03 Mar 2006
Police raided the house of a friend of mine in Delhi because she was protesting Laura Bush's visit, and by extension the whole U.S. agenda. So I'm spreading the word back here in Boston.
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Dear well-wishers,

The day Laura Bush visited our neighbourhood in Delhi on 2 March 2006, some friends got together and decided to say something through a written message on a banner that hung within our premises. Armed police entered the house and forcibly removed the statement from within the residential premises. They never returned the banner (see newspaper coverage below for details).

The basic premise of liberal jurisprudence I thought was protection of individual rights and recognition that a home is sacrosanct and can only be entered by armed police for a specific purpose, with the right authorisation.

It was very humilating to have one's house invaded. It was very enraging to see a hand-made banner (made by Tsering) thrown down from one's own house by uniformed servants of the now US-dominated India.

It was terrible to have plainclothed US security guard tell my husband, Thomas Mathew, an Indian citizen that he cannot enter his own house in his own country because Empress Laura Bush has deigned to park her carcade in the lane in front of his house. It was distressing to see what they had made of an otherwise very lively neighbourhood.
It was strenous to keep resisting in the face of such heavy armed presence in a country where the rule of law was laid under Emperor Bush's feet. A gun entered our house for the first time, accompanying the Delhi Police inspector and sub-inspector. They had stopped Tsering too, but we managed to get him in. They searched his bag after he had entered his own house.

I came closest to knowing what being under an imperialist system was and feeling first-hand the might of an armed invasion. It wasn't that in a real sense, but for a few hours, it was that. "Security" is a funny term in the way it is used.

Laura Bush did not have her photo-op with the orphaned children of Jeevanjyoti, a Mother Teresa home.

A thousand flowers will bloom when you are so wrong, you can never know where, when, how, the next protest will happen.

And there remains the satisfaction of knowing that it is actually very simple for a handful of ordinary people to cause just that much of trouble.

Bela
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Date:03/03/2006 URL:
http://www.thehindu.com/2006/03/03/stories/2006030320890300.htm
Hindu, New Delhi

Jangpura bats for Iraq
Staff Reporter
NEW DELHI: The Delhi police confiscated a banner hanging over the balcony of a house close to Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity orphanage that U.S. First Lady Laura Bush visited on Thursday. Bela Malik, a resident of Jangpura, and her friends had hung a banner that read, `Laura Bush, how about a photo-op with the orphaned, maimed, dead children of Iraq?' "The police first asked my friends and me to remove the banner. We told them that legally we were within our rights
to hang a banner at my residential premises," she said.

Well before Ms. Bush's motorcade arrived there, the neighbourhood was virtually taken over by U.S. secret service agents, sniffer dogs and Delhi Police personnel. "They were taking orders from the U.S.
personnel," said Ms. Malik.

Around 3 p.m., the area Station House Officer entered Ms. Malik's residence on the pretext of a routine check. "A constable had already been stationed in the balcony of my house. The Inspector asked me not to shout any slogans. We assured him that we did not want to shout any slogans or hamper Ms. Bush's visit in any way. We just wanted our banner to be displayed," said Ms. Malik.

But the police officer allegedly ordered the constable and a sub-inspector to remove the banner, said Ms. Malik. "We objected and said that this was a violation of individual rights because the banner was within my premises. But they confiscated the banner. When we objected, they began questioning the occupants in a threatening
manner. The sub-inspector remained stationed in the balcony."

"In our own country, in my own residence, I am denied the right to speak the truth in a peaceful, non-aggressive manner. A white banner was a security threat to the Bush establishment!" she said, adding that local residents were not allowed to leave their homes during the period of her visit.

(c) Copyright 2000 - 2006 The Hindu

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Tu Quoque
03 Mar 2006
"It was very humilating to have one's house invaded. It was very enraging to see a hand-made banner (made by Tsering) thrown down from one's own house by uniformed servants of the now US-dominated India."

Didn't the banner dropper intend to humiliate and enrage Laura Bush? Of course she did.
And some lessons...
03 Mar 2006
1) Drop your banner later.

2) Make multiple banners.

DAMN. Can't believe I have to tell you that.
Re: Police raid home in Delhi for Laura Bush's visit
04 Mar 2006
I guess 'flipside" is a troll, so I won't respond to his/her idiotic and insulting comments.

Anyway, here is good coverage of more protest in Delhi on a Nepali fellow's newsblog:
http://www.webchautari.com/news/news_item.asp?NewsID=684
Re: Police raid home in Delhi for Laura Bush's visit
06 Mar 2006
"Didn't the banner dropper intend to humiliate and enrage Laura Bush? Of course she did."

If poor lil laura didn't want to be offended, maybe she should have stayed at home, or at least out of Bela's home. i think that's the point of this story- laura's pr visit was trampling the rights of people in their own homes.
why are you apologizing so hard for this inexcusable act of the secret service and delhi police? are you embarassed at how obvious the oppression is?
Re: Police raid home in Delhi for Laura Bush's visit
06 Mar 2006
They should have arrested her too.
People used to beat me up when I was a kid.
06 Mar 2006
I used to get my ass kicked when I was growing up in Haverhill. CT would beat the shit out of me and everyone thought I was a sissy, so now I hate everyone and lash out uncontrollably.
Re: Police raid home in Delhi for Laura Bush's visit
06 Mar 2006
Oh yah. That's way true.
I've been talking with your childhood friends, Flipper.
06 Mar 2006
You were quite a geek.
Re: Police raid home in Delhi for Laura Bush's visit
07 Mar 2006
The geek they all came to for technique.
Re: Police raid home in Delhi for Laura Bush's visit
07 Mar 2006
...the neurotic who mastered the auto-erotic.