Slogans prepared for protest against facebook’s Free Basics

We held a protest near Forum Mall Koramanagala demanding stopping services like FreeBasics‬ which hinder #‎NetNeutrality.

Find the video and photo coverage of the protest.

I had jot down slogans exclusively for this protest, not all were raised during the protest.

 

Say no to free basics
Say no to free basics

Facebook stop  misleading people
Facebook stop  misleading people

Free basics is against net neutrality
Free basics is against net neutrality

We want netneutrality
We want netneutrality

Say no to free basics
Say no to free basics

Facebook Stop monopolizing the internet
Facebook Stop monopolizing the internet

Free basics is against net neutrality
Free basics is against net neutrality

We want netneutrality
We want netneutrality

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Say no to free basics
Say no to free basics

Protect internet democracy
Protect internet democracy

Free basics is against net neutrality
Free basics is against net neutrality

We want netneutrality
We want netneutrality

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Hello Mr. ZuckerBerg
Hello Mr. ZuckerBerg

Stop shedding crocodile tears
Stop shedding crocodile tears

We don’t want Free Basics
We don’t want Free Basics

India don’t want Free Basics
India don’t want Free Basics

We Say no to free basics
We Say no to free basics

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Against monopolization of Internet

 
What would happen after internet.org aka free basics set the base  in India ? Facebook claims to bridge the widening digital divide . Hactivists and netizens counter Facebook’s claim and caution the after effects of monopolization of internet . I always tend to compare the cases of Monsanto’s Indian debut with that of Facebook’s plan of free basics . Maybe that would  help to get the context clear . Monsanto (3wanted to help Indian farmers by producing more  crops with the help of technology to build a prosperous India . Another philanthropist like Mark Zuckerberg . But what happened at last ? The creation of seed monopolies , the destruction of alternatives , the collection of superprofits in the form of royalties , and the increasing vulnerability of monocultures has created a context for debt , suicides , and agrarian distress . Monsanto was kind enough to help farmers giving GE seeds , biotechnology product etc for low cost or free of costs initially . Slowly they became one of the major player holding control over seed distribution and agricultural techniques . By then farmers were far beyond to re-establish the traditional methods of farming or it was nearly impossible . Monsanto used this situation and started increasing the price of seeds and other logistics . Poor farmers could not bare this , results suicide . All the corporate in the world are motivated by profits . Be it Monsanto or Facebook . When Facebook is pitching in India with a philanthropist touch , ultimately situation would be that of farmers who trapped by Monsanto . The moment they capture the market Facebook’s tone gets change , then after whatever they talk is about money and profit . You can spot many examples of these sorts in history . It is us who actually take a call and stay safe from these traps . Agitate against the move by Facebook to monopolize the Internet