September 11, 2012 by SCNCC
Twenty-thousand people attempted to halt refueling at the Koodankulam nuclear plant on September 10 in Tamil Nadu, India. They were met with violent police repression that left one activist dead. Below is a letter to “Ms. J. Jayalalitha, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu” signed by prominent Indian citizens including Vandana Shiva. It calls for an end to the police suppression of peaceful protests and the shuttering of the volatile nuclear site.
URGENT APPEAL TO STOP POLICE VIOLENCE IN KOODANKULAM, PLEASE STOP HASTY FUELLING OF THE PLANT AND START DIALOGUE WITH THE PEOPLE.
People have resorted to protests the world over, questioning the credibility and safety of the civilian use of nuclear power, following the Fukushima disaster in March 2011. The people of Idinthikkarai, Koodankulam and surrounding villages in Tirunelveli district, Tamil Nadu, are extremely worried and concerned about the hasty commissioning of the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant, without abiding by essential safety measures.
On 9th March 2012, the non-violent satyagrahis, marched in thousands towards the nuclear power plant, as all their attempts to engage in a dialogue with the government failed. The government responded with the use of police force on peaceful protestors, using tear gas and lathi charge on large numbers of women and children. One fisherman has been killed in the police firing, and several injured. A high school student is seriously injured and traumatised by yesterday’s events. Police are continuing to harass people in their homes and villages.
The hasty move to load the fuel is absolutely undemocratic and has to be stopped.
For the sake of democracy, stop police violence on people, and start dialoguing with the people. In a democratic society, police and bullets cannot be the answer to voices of dissent.
Stop hasty fuelling of the plant until people’s grievances are addressed.
We urge you to stop police atrocities and come forward for an open dialogue with the people.
Signed: Mahashweta Devi, Aruna Roy, Medha Patkar, Vandana Shiva, Prashant Bhushan, Prof Devaki Jain, Harsh Mander, Jayati Ghosh, Vasanth Kannabiran, K Satchidanandan, Madhu Kishwar, Nikhil Dey, Sandeep Pandey, Madhu Kishwar, Vinod Raina, Shailesh Gandhi, Dr Mira Shiva, Praful Bidwai, Achin Vinaik, Dunu Roy, Madhumita Dutta, Preeti Sampat, Charul and Vinay Mahajan, Nandini Sundar, Nandini Sahay, Ramesh Nandwana, Sowmya Sivakumar, Nandan Maluste, Aditya Vikram, Rajni Bakshi, Dipa Sinha, Kavita Krishnan, Arun Gupta, Aditya VIkram, Mahtab Alam, Dipa SInha, Manshi Asher, Shripad Dharmadhikary, Uzramma, Xavier Dias, Vijayan MJ, Kavita Kuruganti, Bhaskar PRabhu, Puneeta Roy, Dr Muzaffar Bhatt, Prahlad Singh, Pradip Pradhan, Kiran Bhatty, Namita Unnikrishnan, Tarun Bharatiya, Prerna Grover, Santosh Rohit, Panini Anand, Himanshu Thakkar, Kiran Shaheen, RTI Manch Rajasthan, Kumar Sundaram, Nandini Dey, Nachiket Upadhyay, PUDR, Gauri Gill, Puneeta Roy, Suguthakumari, Sarah Joseph, D Vinayachandran, Dr M Gangadharan, Civic Chandran, K K Shaheena, Dr Santhi, Ashok Sharma, Shobeendran, C P Roy, P K Parakkadavu, Myna Mehboob, Anitha S, Gokul VB Nair, Sahadevan K, Subramanian, K Ramachandran, R Nandalal, Sajeer Abdul Rehman, Jyothi Krishnan, Abey George.
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