Queer Azadi Mumbai (QAM) issues statement condemning 'radical' sloganeering that occurred in support of Sharjeel Imam at Mumbai Pride Solidarity Gathering

QAM, which was earlier denied permission to hold the pride gathering in Mumbai in case there were protests against CAA and NRC, has said in its statement that 'neither QAM nor the individuals who have signed the permissions were communicated with or kept informed of the intent and/or content of this sloganeering.'

FP Staff February 02, 2020 17:23:06 IST
Queer Azadi Mumbai (QAM) issues statement condemning 'radical' sloganeering that occurred in support of Sharjeel Imam at Mumbai Pride Solidarity Gathering
  • A case of sedition was lodged in January against Imam for allegedly delivering inflammatory speeches against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

  • QAM's statement says of the sloganeering that it was 'irresponsible and potentially detrimental and none of the individuals raising these slogans were part of the organizing process or permissions process with us.'

Queer Azadi Mumbai (QAM), which organised the Mumbai Pride Solidarity Gathering 2020 on 1 February, 2020 at Azad Maidan, has issued a statement dissociating itself from the 'radical' sloganeering that occurred in support of Sharjeel Imam at the gathering.

A case of sedition was lodged in January against Imam for allegedly delivering inflammatory speeches against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC). Following his arrest, a group of people, supporting the activist, gathered at the Mumbai pride and raised slogans such as "Sharjeel tere sapno ko manzil tak pahunchayenge," (Sharjeel, will fulfill your dreams).

Queer Azadi Mumbai QAM issues statement condemning radical sloganeering that occurred in support of Sharjeel Imam at Mumbai Pride Solidarity Gathering

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QAM, which was earlier denied permission to hold the pride march in Mumbai in case there were protests against CAA and NRC, has said in its statement that "neither QAM nor the individuals who have signed the permissions were communicated with or kept informed of the intent and/or content of this sloganeering."

The statement adds, "It was irresponsible and potentially detrimental and none of the individuals raising these slogans were part of the organizing process or permissions process with us. These slogans, performances and protests happened abruptly and precipitously without the consent of the organizers."

Condemning the abrupt sloganeering 'against the integrity of India,' QAM says that the individuals who took up this performance were not known to the organsiers personally. "However, as soon as the organizers realized that some sloganeering was inaudible on the stage, the organizers proactively used their microphones to stop all activities and clearly advised all the attendees that any sort of speech/slogan/communication within the gathering must happen from the stage and with official consent of the organizing members."

"We would like to reiterate that permission was granted for our gathering by Mumbai Police on express conditions, which we communicated to all the attendees and visitors one day before, through our social media channels. The responsibility of the gathering was taken by individuals who signed the permission, and we feel that irresponsible sloganeering under the garb of dissent not just affects the safety of individuals who signed the permission but QAM
as an entity," the statement says.

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