Starting a Reactor at the Gunpoint: Police Surrounds Koodankulam

Idinthakarai Update
August 11, 2012

[1] Ever since the authoritarian and anti-democratic announcement by the AERB that fuel rods could be loaded at the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP), the Tamil Nadu government has drastically increased the police force in and around Koodankulam almost to the March 19th level. More police vehicles and personnel are pouring into our area from various districts of Tamil Nadu. The prohibitory orders such as 144 have been clamped down limiting the movement and civil liberties of our people in and around Koodankulam.

[2] Several Tamil political leaders such as Mr. Vaiko and Mr. Seeman have condemned the AERB permission and asked them to take the decision back. We are expecting more such support and solidarity from other leaders and parties as well. But the DMK leader Mr. M. Karunanidhi and his family members are busy with a belated and insincere attempt to help the Tamil Eezham people leaving the people of Tamil Nadu high and dry when we are fighting against the draconian nuclear power park at Koodankulam. Similarly, the ruling AIADMK that takes up Tamil people’s issues and causes with the central government, is letting us down with this most important issue that will disastrous impact on our natural resources, our people’s health and livelihood and the well-being of our future generations. The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Ms. Jayalalithaa, must decide if this is the deadly and shameful legacy that she wants to leave with the people of Tamil Nadu.

[3] The PMANE is organizing an urgent meeting of people from a few neighboring villages this afternoon to decide the future course of action of the struggle.

[4] The struggling people condemn the Congress Party, the Government of India, and its Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) for not giving any basic information about the KKNPP to the people of India, for not respecting the Indian Constitution and the Indian liability act, and for defying the Indian justice system with their unilateral announcement of loading fuel at the KKNPP.

The Struggle Committee
People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE)

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