Tamil Nadu: Ten thousand people embark on hunger strike protesting Koodankulam nuclear power plant

August 16, 2011

PRESS RELEASE

People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE)
42/27 Esankai Mani Veethy Parakkai Road Junction
Nagercoil 629 002, Tamil Nadu, India
Phone: 91-9865683735Email: koodankulam@yahoo.com

Four Gram Sabhas Demand Koodankulam NPP’s Closing

Massive Hunger Strike at Idinthakarai

People from Koodankulam, Vijayapathi, Koothankuli and Levinjipuram panchayats that lie next to the Koodankulam nuclear power plant passed a resolution demanding immediate shut down during the Gram Sabha (Village Council) meetings on India’s Independence Day (August 15, 2011). The Gram Sabhas are called and considered to be village-level Parliaments and their resolutions are bound to be honored.

On August 17, 2011 some 10,000 people from Thoothukudi, Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari districts in Tamil Nadu sat on a day-long hunger strike at the coastal village of Idinthakarai. Anti-nuclear activists and other social activists gave inspiring speeches about the dangers of nuclear power plants, Fukushima accident, and the dangerous nuclear policies of the UPA government and so on. All of them demanded immediate closing of the Koodankulam nuclear power plant. The fishermen, farmers and others stayed away from their work, and children boycotted their school.

The People of Koodankulam are embarking on a relay hunger strike from August 17, 2011 and more rallies are being planned in various parts of the southern tip of India.