Friday, March 23, 2012

Kerala activists plan march from Nagercoil to Kudankulam

Anti-nuclear groups in Kerala have planned a march from Nagercoil to Kudankulam, beginning on Monday, March 26, to express solidarity with the people protesting against the nuclear power plant there.

The following is a statement issued by them in this connection:

The situation in Kudankulam has precipitated to an unthinkable repression.  More than 6,000 police personnel and paramilitary forces have been deployed around Idinthakarai village, where about 20,000 people from surrounding villages have gathered to protest. While 16 people have started a fast unto death at Idinthakarai, the police have cut down all essential supplies including food, water and electricity. They are demanding surrender of leading activists like S P Udayakumar, Pushparayan and others. Section 144 CrPC has been imposed on the majority of coastal villages in Radhapuram block. Media entry has also been denied in Idinthakarai.

A major intervention from the democratic sections of Indian society is required at this juncture. We have planned a joint march from Nagercoil to Kudankulam on March 26th (Monday). Different activists groups and organizations in Kerala are supporting this initiative and we hope to ensure participation of around 500 people.