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School heads march for Father Stan Swamy

‘Arrest inhuman, we stand in solidarity with him’
Father Stan Swamy

The Telegraph   |   Calcutta   |   Published 18.10.20, 02:03 AM

Heads of schools, priests and teachers came out during the pandemic to protest against the arrest of 83-year-old Father Stan Swamy on Saturday who has been in jail for the 10th consecutive day. The Telegraph spoke to some of those who were present.

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Father Rodney Borneo, Principal, Loyola High School

“What has happened smacks of complete denial of the entire process of democracy and the respect for the senior strata of society. The fact that this man has spent more than 50 years in the service of tribal community is being totally ignored.” 

As long as he was giving food to the poor he was hailed as a hero the moment he asked why are these people poor he has been arrested.” 

Father Devraj Fernandes, Principal, St Aloysius Orphanage and Day School

“I came here to stand for Father Stan Swamy who has been arrested in an inhuman way and confined in jail. As a true disciple of Jesus he stood for the marginalized and the downtrodden.”

Sister Jayshree, a member of St Catherine’s Homes and Sister Pranita Lepcha, Superior, St. Teresa’s Higher Secondary School 

“We stand for justice and his release. Despite the risk (of a pandemic) one has to stand for justice,” said Sister Pranita Lepcha who came with five other sisters and non-teaching staff.”

Anthony Arun Biswas, Chairman, Mother Teresa International Award Committee

“He(Father Stan Swamy) has been working for the poor for so many years…he has been serving the poorest of the poor and now he has been put in jail. What is his crime? Is doing good a crime? This is a political game.”

Reverend Shreeraj Mohanty Presbyter-in-charge, St Thomas’ Church Free School Street

“We stand in solidarity with Father Stan Swamy and through our silence presence ask the government to do justice to a person who stood for adivasi voice. I believe our silent protest will make a difference.”



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