PAMANGGAS condemns Nandigram massacre, Italian Metal Unions react to Singur

Philippines – The PAMANGGAS (Panay Guimaras Peasant Solidarity) strongly condems the massacre of 14 farmers in Nandigram, West Bengal, India by the Indian police force.

The farmers, needs land and food. It is a horrible thing that instead of hearing their just demand the governmnent of India answers it with guns and bullets. This barbaric act of indian military police is not suited in this civilized world. It deserve world-wide condemnation.

It has shown that the government protects not the farmers but the multinational corporations who want to invest in the special economic zones of West Bengal. It is disgusting that while the governmnent is claiming that special economic zone will bring prosperity to the people of West Bengal and india in general farmers of india are massacred to stablish that economic zone.

We, peasants of Panay and Guimaras, Philippines are in one with the call of farmers and people of Nandigram, West Bengal’s call for justice! We must be strong in our struggle.

Let the blood of our peasant martyrs be a fire to lighten our way towards liberation.

Onward peasant struggle for genuine agrarian reform!

Fight for our food sovereignty!
Fight government Fascism!
Fight US imperialism.

Nilo Arado
Pamanggas

Italian Metal Unions Condemn Rights Violations in West Bengal, Call on Carmarkers to Move Plant from Singur
Posted to the IUF website 14-Mar-2007

The three Italian unions representing workers at Fiat, the multinational carmarker involved in joint production with the Indian conglomerate Tata – have called on Fiat management to take action to move the site of the planned small car plant in Singur, West Bengal. The plant would employ 2,000 workers, while up to 30,000 people will lose their land and livelihood, including agricultural labourers, marginal peasants, sharecroppers, cottage industry and other rural workers who would receive no compensation under the procedure. Strong resistance to the plant construction has been mounted by thousands of workers and small peasant farmers, supported by the IUF affiliate PBKMS.

Police repression and violence against the villagers has intensified, with 5,000 additional police recently deployed in the area.

The FIAT unions’ joint statement condemns the repressive measures taken against residents resisting the auto project and calls on both FIAT and TATA to press the West Bengal government to find an alternative site for the project which will not threaten local food production. The full text of the statement is available on the website of the International Metalworkers’ Federation here.