NL-Aid author William Gomes blocked by Bangladesh government because of a poem

Posted on | mei 30, 2012 | 1 Comment

cartoon that belongs to poem 'Anti State'.

William Gomes is one of NL-Aid’s authors (see Our Network), contributing to our content by writing articles about current human right issues. Like Amnesty International, he refers in his articles to authorities/governments about a certain issue and asks questions to them. The government of Bangladesh were campaigning for blocking his site and filed sedition charges against him. Fortunately, it is online to the rest of the world. According to Gomes, sources from Bangladesh Advocate Fazilatunnesa Bappy MP, Minister for Communications and Railway Obaidul Kader and Advocate Sahara Khatun MP, the current Home Minister in the Government of Bangladesh was behind the scene. The censorship happened after publish the poem Anti State (see below this article).

The poem goes about any repressive government that is based on injustice. William stresses for the need of religious freedom. Like in western countries he is in favour of the separation of church and state because countries are misusing religion to protect the politicians. The concept of separating church and state (or temple/mosque and state, but that’s not the expression)is often credited to the English philosopher John Locke (1632–1704). Because of the existing of a dysfunctional state system Williem Gomes calls himself “anti state”. He does not recognizes his government. A poem is a means for creative expression, a common freedom of mankind. Blocking a site is a means of domination.

NL-Aid believes in freedom of opinion and expression and we support William Gomes as a poet, a journalist and a human rights activist. We recognize his site, especially since it is his personal blog/site on an open source. We ratify his contribution to NL-Aid.

Poem ‘Anti State’ by William Gomes


Yes, I am!

I am against the state, which runs on the bases of injustices

I am against the state which comes out of killings

I am against its every system

I am against its governments

I am against its Presidents, Prime Ministers

I am against its criminal hierarchy

I am against all those leaders of criminals in the parliament

Yes, they are criminals!

They are the traders of injustice,

They are the killers of justice

They are root and reasons of injustices

They are the creator of poverty

They crates poverty

They are traders of poverty

Yes! When people are poor, they are powerful

Yes, they are powerful and I am poor!

Yes, I am people!

They are running the corporate state of injustice

They are traders of hatred,

They sell hatred

They sell riots!

They do everything for power!

They are traders of religions

They sells the ALLAH, RAM , BUDDHA , JESUS !

They have declared war on people

They have declared war on peace

I declared war on these criminals,

I declared war on their System

I declare that I am anti state

For sure, I am for the people!

I am people!

I will burn their RED and GREEN flag,

I will burn the constitution of injustice

I will burn down the parliament

I will burn down all into ashes

I dream no red and green flag

No traders of injustice

But a place full of peaceful of people!

No mater, if need to change the name of Bangladesh

I declare, I will change it!

I will change for peace, for people

I declare, I am anti state!

Hopefully, this article contributes to the word of William Gomes.

AUTHOR: Hans Sluijter
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One Response to “NL-Aid author William Gomes blocked by Bangladesh government because of a poem”

  1. Bangladesh
    mei 31st, 2012 @ 09:39

    Your Entire Article Related To Bangladesh Anti- Government…Your Work Show Propaganda War Against Bd And You Get Paid By Some Foreign Agent.
    If You Are Real Human Rights Activists Why Not Write About Libya, Bahrain, Saudi Arab And Syria About Human Rights. I am not surprise about blocking your website by BD.

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