Panaji: Several freedom fighters and
activists were arrested across the state today after protests
against English as the Medium of Instruction (MOI) turned
tense and louder on Goa Revolution Day.
Around 100 people including famous writers, theatre
artists and even a former IAS officer were arrested near Azad
Maidan, where a state function was being addressed by the
Governor and the Chief Minister Digambar Kamat.
Protests have erupted across the state against
government`s decision to recognise English as MOI.
Kamat was booed during his speech by protesters and
freedom fighters today at the Azad Maidan, even as several
other freedom fighters were felicitated for their contribution
to Goa`s liberation in the function.
Several activists were arrested by police as protests
In South Goa`s Margao town, 50 agitating people including
more than 10 freedom fighters were arrested outside the Lohia
Maidan, from where freedom fighter Ram Manohar Lohia in 1946
gave a clarion call to the people of the state to oppose the
colonialists in Goa.
Condemning the police action, Naguesh Karmali, President,
All Goa Freedom Fighters Association said, "This is shameful
that bunch of politicians are governing the state without
being concerned about sentiments of people. Its only because
of our struggle that Goa is liberated now and these
politicians including the CM are enjoying the fruits."