*REMOVED* Report: Police target women & kids at nuclear protest — “They fired tear gas at us; Had I come a minute late, my 2 children would have died”

Published: September 11th, 2012 at 12:19 pm ET


Title: Kudankulam stand-off: Women protesters allege cops targeted them
Source: NDTV via Flash News Today
Date: Sep 11th, 2012

NOTE: This report has been removed by NDTV (Link: http://www.ndtv.com/article/south/kudankulam-nuclear-plant-stand-off-women-protesters-slam-cops-265612). The first paragraph is still available on their website, here’s a screenshot:

Here are some excerpts from NDTV’s report:

Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant in Tamil Nadu, the situation continues to be tense in coastal districts of the state. Despite assurance from Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, close to 10,000 demonstrators are unwilling to end their protest and are demanding closure of the plant. Several women protesters have condemned the police’s handling of Monday’s protests.

Here are the latest developments in this story:

1) At the Ground Zero of the protests in Indinthakarai, around 10,000 protesters, mostly women and children, spent the night in the open. They are on a two-day hunger strike demanding a halt to the loading of fuel in the reactor.

2) Women protesters allege that the police targeted women and children during the clashes on Monday. “Fully knowing that we have children along, police fired tear gas at us. Had I come a minute late, my two children would have died. Police are supposed to protect us. They are instead indulging in atrocity. Where do we go?” an angry villager told NDTV last night.


7) The protesters remain unconvinced by assurances from experts and the government about security measures. Activists have cited the Fukushima disaster in Japan, triggered by a tsunami last year, to draw parallels about the dangers of a nuclear plant in this coastal part of India.


Published: September 11th, 2012 at 12:19 pm ET


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15 comments to *REMOVED* Report: Police target women & kids at nuclear protest — “They fired tear gas at us; Had I come a minute late, my 2 children would have died”

  • PavewayIII PavewayIII

    Now *this* is useful news.

    Censorship does not necessarily mean removing a published report. More widely used methods by sophisticated psychopaths:

    Repeatedly changing the link to an important story – it breaks all previously published links.

    Re-directing the link to a slightly different story with the same title – people become confused and lose interest because of the seemingly unrelated content

    Editing a story after the fact without notifying the reader, or outright deletion of a story? Those were grandpa's censorship methods. May still be used by real lazy psychopaths.

  • Radio VicFromOregon

    India…the birthplace of modern peaceful civil disobedience. I am hopeful.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    A Fukushima Daiichi disaster could happen in India if they allow the Kudankulam nuclear plant. Why risk the whole country because of one electric station?

    Makes zero sense.


  • sootydog sootydog

    The effective leader of this movement in Kudankulam is Dr S.P. Udayakumar. I met him and had extensive conversations with him when he visited Japan last year. A truly wonderful man who only thinks of supporting the local people – the poor and downtrodden. For his work in this protest movement he has been charged with high treason by the federal Indian government and to my knowledge is being held (in jail?) in an incommunicable state. This is how much TPTB in India want nuclear power and they are certainly NOT above gassing or shooting women and children or media manipulation and any number of dirty tricks to get their way. And then? Another Fukushima and they will all shrug their shoulders and look the other way, just like the J govt and TEPCO… See a recent article by Dr Kumar (as he usually calls himself) at http://www.cnic.jp/english/newsletter/index.html – Thank you.

    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      sootydog, thank you so much for your input!

    • arclight arclight

      thanks sootydog
      the fight goes on!
      saikato hanai!

      Indian govt’s harsh crackdown on anti nuclear protesors

      "…But Bidwai points out that every single nuclear project India has planned has spurred committed resistance:

      That’s true of every nuclear project, whether Jaitapur (Maharashtra), Gorakhpur (Haryana), Mithi-Virdi (Gujarat), Kovvada (Andhra Pradesh), Haripur (West Bengal), Chutka (Madhya Pradesh) or Banswada (Rajasthan). For instance, at Gorakhpur, there has been a daily dharna against four proposed reactors for two years, unbeknownst to Delhi, which lies in their potential radiation-fallout zone,” he writes.

      And when some 100 activists met in Delhi this August, nobody listened to their reservations about the Kudankulam project, which Bidwai says “was cleared in violation of the recommendations of an official Task Force, and without even the fig leaf of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report.”

      Now villagers, and, yes, more than a few “agitators” have walked into the sea near the reactor, in imitation of a protest against the flooding of villages in Gujarat earlier this month…."


  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    There is a way to beat them….

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  • Heed this call in the wilderness of the women of Kudankulam and come to their succour. Write to Mrs Jayanthi Natarajan the Government of India Minister of Environment and forests refuting her assurance of safety of nukes:
    Her assurance of safety of Kudan is here in an ndtv report:

  • And my retort against the Minister:
    After all I have read, studied and understood and researched independently for the past 40 years, I takes my breath away this blithe and utter lie by Mrs Jayanthi Natarajan, Environment and Forests Minister, Government of India. A nuclear reactor system in a park of nukes is the most unpredictable contraption in time and space. As time passes by the interaction of the nuclear power programme with the biosphere and the universe can only be termed utterly beyond the design basis scenarios so inadequately painted by the so called experts. Natarajan, know ye that it was I among others who publicly pointed out the coming Fukushima after the Kashiwasaki Kariwa due to the dynamics of the world's dams. Ramanna said the nuclear power programme can never cause deaths after the Three Mile Island accident and presto came Chernobyl and how many deaths it is causing! Do you know Minister that the horror of Fukushima occurred in spite of the experts? Do you know that the Three Mile Island happened in spite of the corrupt experts? Do you know that the US sinkhole happened in spite of the experts? Do you know that the twin great earthquakes on 11 April 2012 caught the experts by serendipity and not me? Do you know that the more than 22 million infant mortalities in India in the nuclear era are due to Sr90 pollution due to nuclear projects? What is the equation between these infant deaths in India and the glory of atomic weapons and nukes for peace..

  • (Continued)and of nuclear power programmes? Do you know that nuclear power programmes do not deliver any energy to society outside the nuclear industry? Read my work publicly available on the subject as a servant of the people. Read ECRR 2010 available on line before you reveal your foolishness based on expert opinion which in turn is based on witchcraft of the International Commission on Radiological Protection and which have the blessings of the IAEA and other nucleo-rats. You must answer the citizens for the utter lack of safety generically of every nuclear reactor system in existence in the world today because the pollution created by a reactor anywhere is unbearable pollution everywhere. That is what internal radiation is all about. You have no right whatsoever to allow us to be involuntarily contaminated without our aware concurrence, in view of nuclear power programmes being utterly incapable of delivering any net energy. The solution to the wastes problem of uranium mining, uranium and plutonium use in reactors and spent fuel and effluents and contamination of the biosphere by the reactor normal operations is beyond human capability to manage safely because of the long lasting nature of the radionuclides and the utter fallibility of the humans. In the face of these facts nukes are unacceptably unsafe forever and a prime cause of extinction of all life, as Fukushima and Chernobyl and the normally operating 350 reactor systems are daily demonstrating..

  • (Continued) The cumulative effects of modern civilization are risky enough to explode any nuclear reactor to smithereens as happened in Fukushima and because of this more Fukushimas are certain even in Kudankulam or Jaitapur or anywhere else. Apply the precautionary principle and stop nukes now. Heed the cry of the people now as environment minister and recognise the utter corruption that a commercial nuke programme is- the biggest scam ever.

    • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

      I will write. Although, I read months ago that she was initially against this, but more recently has changed her mind.. which occurred to coincide with signifigant foriegn investment dollars in "needy" communities..

      I am afraid, Ramaswami, she was bought off..and no ammount of writing will change her new position, this is how these monster corporations interact and change peoples minds..with money.

      India can not afford this type of power generation..even if it wer toxin free.. Nuclear reactors need a billion gallons of cool water a day.. I do not think it is wise for India, or any of us, to trade fresh, life giving and sustaining water for electricity. ..the danger of warm water temperatures, not being sufficient to cool nuclear power plants is real, and happens more and more.. whether in the Great Lakes region of the USA or from water being pulled in off the Atlanic.. this year we have had both.

      I am very moved by the resistence to this.. I am encouraged by their strength, tenacity and sacrifices.

      I have often thought such a large resitance would not be possible if India had greater access to the Propaganda machine of cable television, as poor Americans do.. for the most part, the industry has brain washed the majority of Americans..

      I pity us and our ignorance, even though I despise it.

  • @ Cataclysmic
    September 28, 2012 at 2:12 pm
    Actually she is the Environment anf Forests Minister at the Centre who is a puppet on a string and who has made the latest pronuke comment and not the Chief Minister of Tamilnadu who was initially against Kudankulam. Your most understanding comments are deeply appreciated and you remind me of a close friend of mine who has also stated that the Indian Professors have all been similarly bought off. Of course not only in India!