City bodies oppose action against n-plant protesters

The organisations have demanded that the government honour the right to dissent and end the violent repression of the non-violent struggle.

Written by Express News Service | Published:September 11, 2012 4:15 am

The organisations have demanded that the government honour the right to dissent and end the violent repression of the non-violent struggle

City-based organisations Lokayat,Lal Nishan Party (Leninist),Socialist Party (India) and Lokshashan Andolan have issued a statement condemning the “repression” unleashed by the Tamil Nadu police on the peacefully agitating people of Idinthikarai and other villages surrounding the Koodankulam nuclear plant.

“They are concerned that radiation leak from the plant and the radioactive waste generated by the plant will contaminate their area for thousands of years,besides causing cancers and genetic deformities among the people living in the area for hundreds of generations to come,” said Neeraj Jain of Lokayat.

The organisations have demanded that the government should honour the right to dissent and end the violent repression of the non-violent struggle at Koodankulam,Jaitapur and all other places where people were protesting against the setting up of nuclear plants and uranium mines. They have demanded that all false cases at these places and prohibitory orders,including Section 144,should be withdrawn from the areas to restore normalcy.

“The government must stop police repression on people protesting against nuclear plants and uranium mines and engage in an open dialogue with the peaceful protesters,” said Jain,adding that the Prime Minister must initiate a broad-based and transparent national debate on nuclear energy keeping in mind the concerns related to safety.

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