While sloganeering and speeches are very crucial parts of organised protests, there is always more to resistance on the streets. Posters are a part of “Protest Art” that provides activists to get creative with their forms of resistance. These can be really powerful in conveying messages through slogans, illustrations, symbols and street art for a particular issue at hand, as it was in the case of the CAA Protests.
The last week, Delhi saw the worst and the best of the citizens of India, when it came to protesting against the anti-Muslim, discriminatory Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019. The overwhelming support that the movement has received saw students soaring their throats to slogans of freedom and democracy, which was loud enough to reach the most powerful spaces of state, government and civil society. However, the protest posters too were ear-piercing in speaking volumes against this Islamophobic, fascist, right-wing BJP government.
Here are our favourites:
1. Modi-Shah, You Gave Me Depression
2. Rise Against Fascism
3. Don’t Be Dead Inside For Democracy
4. Feminists Against Fascists
5. Make Tea Not War
6. Fascism, Down Down
7. Delhi Police: Shanti (Peace), Sewa (Service), Nyaya (Justice)?
8. Bol Ki Labh Azaad Hai Tere
9. PM 2.0 Is Worse Than PM 2.5
Despite the massive legal and police surveillance in the anti CAA protests, people have not feared to speak their mind, both on the streets and on these posters. They have showed up in great numbers, fearlessly chanted anti-establishment slogans, gotten detained, but still have stood beside the Muslim students and citizens of this country, who have been categorically targeted by the National Register Of Citizens (NRC), National Population Register (NPR) and the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). We only hope, that this momentum against a fascist and patriarchal government will not be lost and we will all be able to fight through these trying times.