Dear friends, we wanted to share with you the news of the public resistance to this environmentally toxic copper smelting project in South India. The news may have not come through as the case have been very poorly reported by mainstream media. There was massive police violence in Tamilnadu against local people who protested against Vedanta’s copper smelting operations in Tuticorin. The locals who are all affected by pollution had protested for 99 days against the company’s plans to expand the project. On the 100th day 13 people were killed by the police even though all the facts indicate that people had turned up to protest peacefully. They had come with families, kids and packed lunches.
A fact finding team of 23 members found very serious issues with the manner in which the situation was handled. The report is on
Even after this terrible incident, the state police has continued to terrorise people. Many youngsters have been picked up and beaten and authorities have refused permission to hold meetings to discuss the findings.
We had written about this project in our article just days before all the facts of the violence were investigated
This project operating in the world’s largest democracy shows that our institutions meant to protect our rights can be so ruthless and venal.