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FISHWORKER'S STRUGGLES

101-hour satyagraha of fishworkers inaugurated on 4 Nov. 2013

101-hour satyagraha of fishworkers inaugurated

The 101-hour Satyagraha of fishworkers under the aegis of Kerala Swathanthra Matsyathozhilali Federation was inaugurated by CPI state secretary Pannian Raveendran here on Monday (4 Nov, 2013).

The agitation was organised demanding withdrawal of projects such as coastal mining, hydrofoil and coastal shipping as well as seeking renovation of wayside markets, distribution of kerosene at subsidised rates for fishermen and issuing 10 cents of land and house to landless fishermen.

Inaugurating the agitation, Pannian said that the projects that were promoted by the government in the name of development, were those which alienate the fishermen from the sea and the seashore.

Both the Central and State Governments have taken a hostile position as far as this marginalised people are concerned, he said.

National Fishworkers Forum national secretary T Peter, Federation president P P John, general secretary Jackson Pollayil, J P John, Anto, Elias and S Francis among others spoke on the occasion.
Fishworkers’ organisation takes out protest march

By Express News Service – THIRUVANANTHAPURAM

Published: 06th November 2013 01:04 PM

Last Updated: 06th November 2013 01:04 PM

As part of the 101-hour Satyagraha of fishworkers organised under the aegis of Kerala Swathanthra Matsyathozhilali Federation, fish workers took out a march here on Tuesday carrying fishing equipment like fishing net, oars and engines used in boats.

The agitation is being organised raising various demands such as withdrawal of projects such as coastal mining, hydrofoil and coastal shipping.

Other demands include renovation of wayside markets, distribution of kerosene at subsidised rates for fishermen and issuance of 10 cents of land and house to landless fishermen.

National Fishworkers Forum national secretary T Peter, Federation president P P John, general secretary Jackson Pollayil, J P John, Anto, Elias and S Francis among others spoke on the occasion.

Kerala Swathanthra Matsyathozhilali Federation said that on Wednesday fisherwomen will take out a march expressing solidarity with the agitation.

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