In Support of Ongoing Nuclear Power Satyagraha Protest in Koodankulam-India
by Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace laureate - TRANSCEND Media Service
Although the world’s media have given it scant attention, it is important for all of us to follow the nonviolent mass resistance movement against the nuclear power plant construction in Koodankulam village, Tamil Nadu, India. The grass roots struggle started in the 1980s. It has built up steadily into a nonviolent mass action, with about 10,000 people resisting the imposition of the plant in their backyard.
The Fukushima disaster in Japan, Mar 2011, provides unambiguous testimony of the dangers associated with nuclear power. But the struggle in Tamil Nadu is about something even greater than the collapse of a technological dream. It is about the collapse of democracy in a country that has long claimed to be the world’s largest democracy. The violence exercised against the nonviolent protestors by Indian government officials tells us that this dream has collapsed as well. Gandhi weeps.
Please share this story with everyone around the world who favors democracy, civility, and nonviolence—even those who favor nuclear power. The stakes are high.
Please find more on the Tamil Nadu struggle below. Press coverage and interviews with the people have been blocked by police and paramilitary forces. The leader of the movement faces 98 spurious charges including sedition, treason, terrorism and attempted murder.
Details of this unfolding disaster may be found on Facebook, at https://www.facebook.com/groups/satyagraha.kumar/
The story is summarized by Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koodankulam_Nuclear_Power_Plant#Opposition
Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace laureate
19th April 2012
Mairead Corrigan Maguire is a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace, Development and Environment. She won the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize for her work for peace in Northern Ireland. Her book The Vision of Peace (edited by John Dear, with a foreword by Desmond Tutu and a preface by the Dalai Lama) is available from www.wipfandstock.com. She lives in Belfast, Northern Ireland. See: www.peacepeople.com.
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