A group of artists took out a protest march here the other day demanding the release of three persons who were arrested and imprisoned for protesting a g a i n s t Kochi - Muziris biennale on December 24.
They also said that the government should immediately take measures to go ahead with the Vigilance probe ordered against the Biennale Foundation and demanded that the legislators should back out from their demand to release more government fund for the biennale.
Ajith, one among the protestors said that a group of artists were arrested without any provocation. “The three artists who had been denied bail were sent to the Viyyur jail. They have launched a fast unto death in the prison. The government should take immediate steps to save their lives,” he said.
“The police branded us as activists of the out-fit Porattam. We are a group of artists not associated with Porattam. We are fighting against the biennale as the event has been steeped in corruption. But our efforts were given scant regard,” Ajith said.
They reiterated the demand that the Biennale Foundation should repay the money granted to it during the LDF rule. “A Vigilance probe should be ordered at the earliest and the legislators should keep themselves away from requesting the government to allot more money to fund biennale,” he added