Indian Embassy shuts out hunger strikers

14 05 2008

Hours after the hunger strike launch in view of the White House, the Indian Embassy turned away a delegation of workers on Wednesday, including two of the hunger strikers, who attempted to deliver a statement of the hunger strike’s goals. (See more photos of the incident at www.flickr.com/photos/nolaworkerscenter.) After reading the letter, an embassy official forced the delegation of five workers outside onto the sidewalk. When the workers requested to speak with Ambassador Sen, the Ambassador exited the embassy but hurried past them and sped away in a limousine.

“When we spoke to Ambassador Sen in March, he told us: ‘My doors are always open to you and to any citizen of India,'” said workers’ advocate and New Orleans Workers’ Racial Justice Center director Saket Soni. “It seems that this promise excludes hungers strikers.”

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