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A Sight Not Unusual In The City
STATUE: What you see above is a march around the Secretariat, organized by the DYFI (Democratic Youth Federation of India) demanding to fill the vacancies created by the mass resignation of state employees as part of unifying the pension age. The protestors want action taken against those officers who fail to report about the vacancies.
Anyone who has lived long enough in Trivandrum will not flinch or stop for a second at this sight - it has become a part of their life now. The ladies at the SBT Bank, Secretariat View would tell you the instances of having to pull down the shutter some days because of the protest marches that happen every so often in and around the Statue junction.
But most protest marches are peaceful - they only shout slogans. No throwing stones, no violence. They just want to get their point across. Trouble comes, however, when these marches disrupt the traffic. If you look at the picture above, you will see some bikes finding just enough space to ride past. Statue junction is one of the busiest roads in the city with a good many bus stops and traffic signals. As it is, people find it hard to move about in this part of the city. The protest marches just make it harder sometimes - especially when the traffic is at its peak.
Protest marches are sometimes shunned, other times ignored. But the question is how much have these protestors really achieved by their demonstrations?
Posted By : Cris, On Apr 12, 2010 05:44:47 PM