Nuclear Protester Shot By Police In India

A peaceful nuclear protester in India was shot by police when they began to try to force the crowd at the Koodankulam nuclear plant to leave. About 20,000 villagers gathered to occupy the outside of the nuclear plant on Sunday. There have been ongoing protests for a long time as people fight against this nuclear plant. India’s nuclear plants have not been known for their safety. This new plant has been forced upon the people in the region, there has been a considerable fight as the plant has been built.

Kyodo reports 1000 protesters, an on the ground reporter cites more than 20,000. The fight over the nuclear plant has worked it’s way to the Indian Supreme Court. Instead of putting the plant start up on hold until the courts are done the government has decided to start it anyways. This seems to have added fuel to the protests.

The actions taken by the government against the people have been quite draconian as has pointed out:

State police has been prosecuting protesters under sedition (124A IPC), waging war against India (121 IPC), conspiracy (120-B IPC) and other draconian provisions of penal law.”

Roll that around in your head a while…

Peaceful protesters are being charged with sedition and “waging war” against their country for protesting.

Dianuke goes on to point out that the brutality hasn’t been limited, women and children have been assaulted and teargassed.

Electricity is supposed to be a public service for the people. The people should have a say in the source of their power and the safety of their community. Instead they have been beaten, arrested and now killed. It seems that the power company does not serve the people, the people serve the power company.

Photos and timeline of the protest here

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