In Goa, for protection use the Police. However the latter, is more in terms of the Police being misused or pressurised, by Political-Builder-Mining-Land Sharks network to intimidate genuine protestors; so as to protect crores/lakhs of rupees of illegitimate income & other benefits.
For instance in the Salcete Taluka of Goa, There are Specific MLA’s who in co-ordination with their corrupt colleagues, at village panchayat’s and elsewhere in the village; use the Police to intimidate and subdue any opposition to their illegal/corrupt ways. Quite a few activists have been slapped with False Police Cases and in many instances specific MLA’s send the Police to the residences or work places, of Specific Activists for intimidation into submission!! I appreciate that some times, the Police have no other option, but to entertain these coercive requests.
However in a Democratic setup, citizens can stop this domestic terror; some options are:
(1) People must speak up against such terror tactics via the media & other avenues; we can no longer remain silent. The following quote by Martin Niemöller (1892) should give all of us, enough reason to do so: “In Germany, they came first for the Communists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist; And then they came for the trade unionists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist; And then they came for the Jews, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew; And then... they came for me... And by that time there was no one left to speak up."
(2) Affected Activists must approach Human Rights Organisations; India/ International
(3) Alternatively, affected activists can get united and file strong lawsuits that should be well publicized in Goa, India & even internationally; if necessary these lawsuits should even go right up to the Supreme Court of India. And to re-iterate again, the lawsuits must be well publicised; both India & Internationally!!
Arwin Mesquita, UAE.