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EXPRESSING OUTRAGE: Members of the Kerala NGO Union staging a demonstration in Kollam on Monday in protest against the death sentence to Saddam Hussein, former Iraqi President.
EXPRESSING OUTRAGE: Members of the Kerala NGO Union staging a demonstration in Kollam on Monday in protest against the death sentence to Saddam Hussein, former Iraqi President.

Staff Reporter

KOLLAM: The city and elsewhere in the district witnessed widespread protests on Monday against the death sentence to deposed Iraq President Saddam Hussein. Some of the protesters burnt U.S. President George W. Bush in effigy.

The Kerala NGO Union organised demonstrations in the city and taluk headquarters.

In the city, union members held demonstrations at the Civil Station complex and Taluk Cutchery Junction. The protesters marched around the complex, raising slogans against imperialism and condemning the sentence.

District president of the union M.E. Alfred; district secretary V.P. Jayaprakash Menon; and joint secretary M. Vishwanathan led the protest. The union is organising a dharna on Tuesday in front of the Head Post Office.

Youth Congress activists staged a demonstration and raised slogans alleging that the sentence was crafted to the wishes of U.S. imperialism. The activists went on a fast at Gandhi Park here to express solidarity with international movements for revoking the death sentence. District president of the Youth Congress P. Jermias inaugurated the fast.

Activists of the National Development Front took out a march, led by its Kollam sub-division, M.S. Salahuddin, from the Chinnakada Rest House Junction to the Press Club Maidan, via Taluk Cutchery Junction and the Main Road. The People's Democratic Party district unit held a demonstration at Chinnakada. The Indian Union Muslim League unit also staged a demonstration.

Activists of the All-India Youth Front burnt U.S. President George W. Bush in effigy at Chinnakada in the evening. The Democratic Youth Federation of India held a demonstration in the evening.

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