Urgent Message from Idinthakarai Arrest Alert May 9, 2012 Curfew orders have just been promulgated in our area once again right after our planning meetingsMessage 1 of 3 , May 8, 2012View SourceUrgent Message from IdinthakaraiArrest AlertMay 9, 2012Curfew orders have just been promulgated in our area once again right after our planning meetings with the youth, women, community elders and the Idinthakarai village committee on May 8, 2012. Thousands of police personnel are being posted in and around Koodankulam in haste. We get reliable tips that the authorities are planning to clamp down our protest and arrest all of us, possibly tonight. Such a pre-dawn operation that the government usually does could be bloody as thousands of men, women and children from several villages are sleeping around the Church at Idinthakarai.This action may be planned to cover up a recent accident at the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP). It is said that two young men, Sivakumar and Esakkimuthu, were injured on May 4 in an alleged blast at KKNPP and they were admitted in a private hospital at Anjugramam. Dr. Tamilarasu who treated the men confirmed the accident according to a newspaper report (The Indian Express, May 8, 2012). One of the young men’s fathers talked to the Puthiya Thalaimurai television on May 8, 2012 that he was not even allowed to see his son.On May 8, 2012, we also held a Press Meet at Idinthakarai at 4:00 PM in which we produced the ledgers with tens of thousands of signatures of people from some 60 villages opposing the KKNPP. This is a clear proof that the central and state governments are acting against the will of the local people and are thrusting the dangerous nuclear power project down our throats in an authoritarian and arrogant manner. We also produced some 24,000 voter ID cards that the people had surrendered in protest against the governments’ callous attitude towards the 302 women and 35 men indefinite hunger strikers. As the Indian government and the state governments do not respect ordinary people’s lives and interests in India, we also launched the “Respect India” Campaign along the lines of Mahatma Gandhi’s “Quit India” campaign of 1942.The Tamil Nadu police have been harassing local people when they close their shops in support of our protests or when they travel to neighboring villages. The police take individual pot shots of the people, shoot group photos, take down the vehicle numbers, abuse with foul language and intimidate them. When a curfew was imposed earlier on our area by the Tamil Nadu government on March 19, 2012, the authorities divided the local communities by announcing a Rs. 500 crore bribery package to the local bodies, stifled news reports on us by silencing the media and isolated the people by distancing the Church.It is so strange and unfortunate that the central and state governments treat us, nonviolent and democratic Gandhian activists, as some kind of dangerous extremists. The hunger strikers are very weak and feeble but they refuse to give up without getting our demands fulfilled. Instead of talking to us, the Tamil Nadu government seems to be preparing for a highhanded behavior and violence to put us all down.Please contact the following officers and demand justice for our people: Dr. R. Selvaraj, District Collector, Tirunelveli District, Tirunelveli. Phone: 91-462-2500828; Fax: 91-462-2500224; Mobile: 91-9444185000; Email:collrtnv@... Mr. V. Varadharaju; Phone: 91-462-2568031; Mobile: 91-9840970530; Email: digtinrg@... Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Fort St. George, Chennai 600 009, India; Phones: 91-44-25672345 (W); 91-44-25670215 (H); Faxes: 91-44-28133510; 25676929; 25671441; 28130787. Mr. Debendranath Sarangi, Chief Secretary; Phone: 91-44-25671555; Fax: 91-44-25672304; Email: cs@... Dr. Sheela Priya, Additional Chief Secretary; Phone: 91-44-25674234; Fax: 91-44-25675163. Email: cmcell@...The Struggle Committee,People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy
Idinthakarai Update May 15, 2012 PMANE Withdraws Indefinite Hunger Strike and Plans a Conference The People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE)Message 1 of 3 , May 15, 2012View SourceIdinthakarai UpdateMay 15, 2012PMANE Withdraws Indefinite Hunger Strike and Plans a ConferenceThe People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) has withdrawn its latest indefinite hunger strike as per the request of Justice (Retd) A.P. Shah, former Chief Justice of Madras and Delhi High Courts, Advocate Geeta Ramaseshan and Professor Prabha Kalvimani who presided over the public hearing on “Koodankulam and State Suppression of Democratic Rights” held in Chennai on May 14, 2012.
Although 25 men and 302 women were on indefinite hunger strike from May 1st and May 4th respectively, neither the Government of Tamil Nadu nor the Government of India invited us for talks or any kind of negotiations on the eleven demands that we had put forward. Although the local county administrator sent a medical team on May 5thand May 7th to check up on the strikers’ health, the higher officials turned a blind eye.When we invited the people from the neighboring villages for a massive show of strength on May 10, 2012, the district officials promulgated prohibitory orders for up to 7 kms from the Koodankulam plants. Since our people could be arrested and harassed by the police as happened in March 2012, we asked our people to organize a “Day of Prayer and Fasting” in their respective villages on May 10th instead of coming to Idinthakarai.The federal and state governments rush to talk to Maoists and Naxalites who kidnap and kill officials and politicians. They even grant their wishes and demands. But these governments completely dismiss the legitimate demands of our fishermen and farmers who have been waging a peaceful, nonviolent and democratic struggle for the past nine months. This is definitely not a healthy trend and it could send wrong messages to our youth and children.While no government official or minister came forward to talk to us, one local police officer, a local correspondent of a sunny TV and a local correspondent of a Hindu-ish newspaper were calling a member of our team giving orders, suggestions and even imposing conditions for possible talks. We hear that these two “journalists” are the local wheeler-dealers for some powerful institutions and agencies in our area and have built palatial houses recently with their “hard-earned” money. And we took a principled position not to talk to any of them. Naturally, the talks about talks did not bring any results.On May 11th we decided to scale down the number of hunger strikers as we did not get any medical help from the government or an ambulance to ferry the fainting strikers to the nearest health centre as we requested. We advised the older people and people with health concerns to terminate their strike and continued the indefinite hunger strike with some 102 men and women.Now that we have terminated the indefinite hunger strike, we are resuming our relay hunger strike from May 15th. We are planning a one-day youth conference on “The Futures of the Tamils” on May 17, 2012, the third anniversary of the Mullivaikal operation in Tamil Eelam. We also plan a candle-light procession and flower-throwing ceremony in the sea to honor the Tamils who lost their lives in the Sri Lankan genocide. We will have a planning meeting with the community elders, women and youth to plan the future course of our struggle on May 17th.The Struggle CommitteePeople’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE)