We extend our kind invitation to the media to join us and cover the following event
A demonstration in solidarity with the resistance of the Dongria Kond
Date: 31st July 2013 (Wed)2013, Time: 3pm, Venue: Outside Odisha Bhawan, New Delhi
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As the Dongria Kond fight the final stages of their 10 years battle against Vedanta’s planned mega mine, we plan to come together in a colourful and vibrant demonstration, that registers a strong protest against Vedanta Resources, the Odisha state government and the central government. This is a crucial time in the resistance of the Dongria Kond, as the Dongrias unanimously pass resolutions in one village after another, saying a loud NO to mining in the gram sabhas being conducted by the state after the Supreme Court verdict. This solidarity protest in the capital city will also celebrate more than a decade of resistance in the Niyamgiri mountains, led by the Niyamgiri Suraksha Samiti.
The demonstration will be characterised by various song, dance and music performances, and will also include a short theatre piece. Our speakers at the event will be writer and activist, Arundhati Roy and Advocate Sanjay Parikh, who has been representing the tribals in the Supreme Court case.
This protest will see the coming together of various activist organisations, social movements, civil society groups, independent political organisations, left parties and various students, teachers and lawyers from universities in Delhi — in solidarity with the struggle in Niyamgiri. Some of these organisations include Delhi Forum, PUDR, Samajwadi Jan Parishad, NSI, NAPM, KNS, Pratitdwani etc.
The demonstration has been organised at the initiative of Foil Vedanta, in co-ordination with the Niyamgiri Suraksha Samiti in Odisha. Foil Vedanta (http://www.foilvedanta.org/) is an independent grassroots campaigning organization focused primarily on the British-Indian mining giant Vedanta Resources PLC. Foil Vedanta targets the company in London where it is registered. It does this in solidarity and collaboration with people’s movements fighting Vedanta at its various operations worldwide.
This protest on 31st July in Delhi will coincide with demonstrations in Niyamgiri and Goa, following which Foil Vedanta will lead a major annual demonstration in London, storming the All General Meeting (AGM) of Vedanta Resources to be held on 1st August’13. Details of the London protest can be found here http://www.foilvedanta.org/news/protest-call-out-join-us-at-vedantas-agm-1st-august/
Vedanta Resources is a FTSE 100 British-Indian mining company guilty of thousands of deaths, environmental devastation, anti union action, corruption and disdain for life on earth. They have become one of the most hated and contentious companies in the world. Since last year’s AGM Vedanta are guilty of a major toxic gas leak affecting thousands of people at their Sterlite subsidiary copper smelter in Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu. At their Jharsuguda Aluminium complex they released fly ash over farmland polluting rivers and villages. In Zambia they tried to fire 2000 workers from their Konkola Copper mines and smelter before being stopped by the Zambian Government. One Zambian employee was shot dead at the plant. At Niyamgiri, Odisha, Vedanta with it’s cronies in the Odisha state government are trying to force their mega bauxite mine through at any cost. They are using police harassment, manipulation, threats and distortion of the legal system to prevent the Dongria Kond from voting against the project in the coming weeks. Vedanta Resources currently operate in Zambia, South Africa, Liberia, Namibia, Australia, Sri Lanka, and across India. As the company is diversifying into oil and gas, and expanding into Africa, Sri Lanka and possibly even the Arctic —- these local, national and international level protests are aimed at exposing to the world the numerous violations that this draconian corporation has been responsible for.
Kindly refer to the attachment below for more details about what is happening in Niyamgiri and for an analysis of the broader context. Also http://www.foilvedanta.org/ is carrying regular updates with pictures and videos of the on-going gram sabha processs. You can contact us in any of the numbers given below for any queries. We look forward to seeing you at the event.