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#India – Anti Koodankulam voices echo on Gandhi Jayanti

By Express News Service – CUDDALORE / TIRUCHY

Published: 03rd October 2013 10:23 AM

Last Updated: 03rd October 2013 10:23 AM

Members of various political parties and anti-nuclear outfits participated in protests in various parts of the state against the Nuclear Power Project on Wednesday.

In the massive agitation held in front of the Cuddalore collector’s office, K  Venkatraman of Tamizh Desa Podhuvudamai Katchi said “Gandhiji advocated for sustainable development and adopted non-violent path to fight for independence. We have chosen his birthday to hold this State-wide agitation on Koodankulam as this matter is also related to pressing for sustainable development and is a non-violent protest.”

He said that Koodankulam people did not involve in any violence throughout their struggle. But about 1,000 cases had been slapped against them. They are protesting only against the anti-Tamil Nadu attitude of the Centre. Hence, the State should withdraw all the cases against the Koodankulam protesters.

Founder of Tamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi (TVK), T Velmurugan said, “We have two main demands. One is shutting down of nuclear plant in Koodankulam and secondly all the cases against the protesters should be withdrawn.  He said that the project was a danger to southern part of Tamil Nadu. Hence, all the parties and movements should unite in opposing the project.

The members of People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy, besides the workers of parties including the MDMK and PMK, took part in the demonstrations in various parts of the State.

In Tiruchy, the protest was held near Anna Statue in Chinthamani. A Abdul Hakkim, district president, Manithaneya Makkal Katchi led the protest.

Protests, attended by hundreds of activists were reported from Karur, Pudukottai, Udhagamandalam and Tirunelveli and Thanjavur.

In Thanjavur, P Maniyarasan, general secretary of TDPK cited the example of Japan that shut down the last nuclear reactor recently. He also highlighted the decision of Germany to do away with the nuclear power.

In Karur, the protest was led by district division convener of Nam Thamizhar katchi, Murali.

About 150 members of People’s Movement Against Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project participated in the agitation in Pudukottai town.

 

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