Checkout how people are slamming the government and filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri with #MeTooUrbanNaxal:
Police recently raided the home of some activists in several states as part of a probe into Elgaar Parishad case. Five were even arrested as they are said to have links with maoists. Leaders from the opposition condemned the raids and arrests. Social media was filled with reactions with people calling it a violation of human rights, while others were extremely happy too. Netizens started raising voice against the arrests with the hashtag #MeTooUrbanNaxal. It was because police raided homes of several prominent activists too.
Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri, on this came up commenting on Twitter and waded into the debate. He asked people to make a list of those who were defending ‘Urban Naxals”. Many people slammed him for his interpretation of who a ‘Naxal’ is! Later founder of fake new busting website Alt News started the trend #MeTooUrbanNaxal. It became the second top trend on Twitter India trend with people slamming the filmmaker everywhere. The hashtag was created in response to Agnihotri’s tweet, who is also an author of a book called Urban Naxals: The Making of Buddha in a Traffic Jam.
I want some bright young people to make a list of all those who are defending #UrbanNaxals Let’s see where it leads. If you want to volunteer with commitment, pl DM me. @squintneon would you like to take the lead?
— Vivek Agnihotri (@vivekagnihotri) August 28, 2018
Here is how people are slamming Agnihotri and the government for their action:
How’s that list going? Have enough? If not, put my name on it #MeTooUrbanNaxal
— Sandhya Menon (@TheRestlessQuil) August 29, 2018
Dissent is important for our democracy to function and to hold our Government accountable. I intend to do exactly that.
Put me on your list.#metoourbannaxal
— Meghnad (@Memeghnad) August 29, 2018
I have a t-shirt for you – please send address so that i can send first one for inauguration 🙏🏼
Also please confirm size – XXXS I believe? #MeTooUrbanNaxal pic.twitter.com/AeUjBZwZpA
— Akash Banerjee (@akashbanerjee) August 29, 2018
— nikhil wagle (@waglenikhil) August 29, 2018
I think. I debate. I read. I question. I dissent. I criticise. I emphatise. I protest. I probe. I exist. #MeTooUrbanNaxal
— amrita madhukalya (@visually_kei) August 29, 2018
#UrbanNaxal is the new Anti-National
The word “Anti-national” became a big joke and lost its actual meaning after ministers & trolls started using it for anyone and everyone mindlessly.
Same thing is happening with Urban Naxal. That’s why #MeTooUrbanNaxal
— Dhruv Rathee (@dhruv_rathee) August 29, 2018
The arrest and harassment of 5 so-called urban naxals is a blatant attempt to criminalise political dissent. #MeTooUrbanNaxal
— S lrfan Habib (@irfhabib) August 29, 2018
— Tushar Swarup (@tusharswarup) August 29, 2018
— Gautam Trivedi (@KaptanHindustan) August 29, 2018