The following news article appeared on the website Newzfirst (http://www.newzfirst.com) covering the recent protest demonstration that took place in Bangalore on 26th April, 2011 led by Peoples Solidarity Concerns – Bangalore, marking the 25th year of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, in which members of the New Socialist Alternative (CWI –India) played a leading role. Most of the article is based on the address by Cde. Jagadish Chandra during the demonstration as well as excerpts from the leaflet produced by this campaign.
Today’s protest was in remembrance of the world’s worst nuclear disaster that happened in Chernobyl (which was in the then Soviet Union, which now falls in Ukraine) on the 26th of April 1986, which is exactly 25 years ago.
The protest was organized under the banner of Peoples’ Solidarity Concerns, Bangalore, which is coalition of various political, social and Human Rights groups in Bangalore.
April 26, 2011. 5 pm. Venue: Town Hall
25 years have passed after Chernobyl nuclear accident. During this period, most of the western countries have stopped building new nuclear plants. India however, is pursuing this dangerous technology in an aggressive manner.
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