Group of women attacked while protesting nuclear plant — Pulled out of vehicle and assaulted — 10 people in custody

Published: February 2nd, 2012 at 12:39 pm ET


Title: Anti-nuclear activists intensify protests
Source: The Times of India
Date: Feb 2, 2012

The already stumbling efforts by the Centre to get the activists give up their protests against the Kudankulam nuclear power project has hit a roadblock as the attack on the anti-nuclear activists by Hindu Munnani workers at Tirunelveli has fuelled further protests.

Even as members of the People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) chalked out a series of fresh protests, various human rights organisations have condemned the attack and expressed solidarity with the protesters. […]

The National Council of Churches in India, the apex body of 30 Protestant and Orthodox Churches, has expressed deep anguish on the attack on women at Tirunelveli and has called for a judicial probe into the incident. “The NCCI strongly condemns such violent expressions, especially against women. These assaults appear to be ‘pre-planned.’ The NCCI calls for a judicial probe, headed by a woman judge, into the attack,” said a statement from Rev Dr Roger Gaikwad, general secretary of NCCI. […]

Read the report here

Title: Koodankulam protesters assaulted, talks cancelled
Source: Deccan Chronicle
Date: Jan 31, 2012

A civil group spearheading the protest against Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP) called off talks with the central government-appointed experts panel after the former’s members were assaulted in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu on Tuesday, an activist said […]

[M]embers belonging to Hindu Munnani group started attacking the vehicles of two members of PMANE in the state panel, along with other activists […]

“One of our members Raj Lingam was pulled out of the car and was assaulted. Similarly there were some women in a van who were assaulted. We have lodged a police complaint and are going back to Koodankulam,” M. Pushparayan, convener of the Coastal People’s Federation and a member of the state panel, told IANS over phone.

A senior police officer told IANS that 10 people have been taken into custody. […]

Villagers of Koodankulam, Idinthakarai and others fear for their lives and safety in case of any nuclear accident.

Their agitation, led by PMANE, has put a stop to the project work […]

Read the report here

h/t Nuclear Hotseat

Published: February 2nd, 2012 at 12:39 pm ET


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8 comments to Group of women attacked while protesting nuclear plant — Pulled out of vehicle and assaulted — 10 people in custody

  • arclight arclight

    “The Palayamkottai police have arrested 14 persons, including Hindu Munnani State vice-president V.P. Jayakumar, in this connection. They were remanded in the evening.”

    ““We cannot be cowed down by such undemocratic intimidations, being unleashed by the Congress and Hindu fanatics”.”

    “On seeing them, about 15 Hindu Munnani activists accompanying Mr. Jayakumar charged towards the vehicle and forcibly opened the door to drag Mr. Muhilan out of the vehicle. A group of 16 women, all accompanying the anti-nuke protestors in a separate van, surrounded the Hindu Munnani activists and assaulted them with their footwear.”

    “Following this development, Dr. Udayakumar and his team left the Collectorate premises after declaring that they would not take part in the talks anymore “as the Centre has started exterminating the anti-nuke protesters”.

    As they informed their relatives about this incident, church bells in all coastal hamlets of the district around 11.15 a.m. mobilised fishermen from all these villages near the Kamaraj statue close to the main gate of KKNPP site an hour later. A road roko was staged condemning the attack.

    However, a brief address by Dr. Udayakumar, who lauded the police for their timely intervention, pacified the crowd around 4.30 p.m.”

    and this is the chap himself!

    S.P. Udayakumar speaking in No nuclear rally

    certainly will keep the pro nukes on thier toes!! especially with the flying shoes!!…

  • arclight arclight

    So your problem is with nuclear energy itself?
    We are asking for the plant’s closure. We also feel that India should not go for nuclear energy when developed countries such as Germany and Italy are phasing out their reactors. Russia has not built a single nuclear plant since Chernobyl. And if they want to sell their technology to us, we should ask them, how many plants have you built recently? They cannot sell their scrap metal to us and safeguard their own people. We oppose nuclear plants for the whole country. In India, there are 5,900 subdistricts and 70-80 percent of them require only 15-20 MW power. We don’t need highly centralised, supply-based power projects. We should go for decentralised demandbased power projects.

    Reaction from Russian authorities

    Consulate General of the Russian Federation, Chennai claimed that the Russian Government never commissioned any report as suggested by Udayakumar. It also added that six nuclear reactors of the same type that are under construction in Koodankulam were put into operation in Russia since 1986. Last one was commissioned in 2010. Seven such reactors were commissioned in Ukraine, two in the Czech Republic, one in Bulgaria, two in China and one in Iran in 2011.

    bulgaria?? hmmm!

    • Bones Bones

      Right on! Decentralize! Not enough profit through efficiency, though. lol Doesn’t this remind you of David Rockefeller hiring thugs to literally kill labor protests?

  • Dogleg Dogleg

    Looks like they have a bunch of pissed off mothers on their hands. It is impossible to win against a group of angry moms protecting their children.

  • James2

    I’m thinking dr. Udayakumar is a brave man, and we need to bring him to speak in the US.

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    There are lots of brave people in India, showing awesome resistance against nuclear, GMO seeds and who-knows-what-else! Very inspiring!
    I guess Bhopal is still on everyone’s mind.

    Stay strong, India!! No nukes!

    *side note: just heard that nuclear newbuild in Netherlands is cancelled due to financial uncertainties. 🙂

  • First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

  • arclight arclight

    right ive got to comment on this article… it has been spun in different ways.. however, it makes me laugh for a few reasons..

    gandhi himself would have had to take a moment tp ponder the situation…

    millions of irate citizens armed with thier shoes… the authorities HAVE to back off as they would get shoed to death! it would at the very least be a painful experience…!! if their was little serious injury, i think gandhi might have gone for that one in this political situation.. right im off out to get a set of hobnails for me boots! lol! though milions of soft slippers would have an equal effect with less injury..

    so i am saying.. lets go out and by soft slippers that can be thrown, or if you are eco minded, slapped in the faces of the “guilty”.. en masse, you could also do it to any officials that get in the way!! could leave them a flower as a means of sorry.. ??


    the power of the soft slipper campaign!! needs more than me though!!