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“It’s War Our there!”

State forces moved in to crush anti-POSCO struggle

Appeal to CWI sections, trade unions and trade unionists

Hundreds of armed police are invading Govindpur Village (the Centre of Anti -Posco struggle) after the Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Pattnaik, gave his consent for armed intervention. One police platoon has actually entered the forest area to break down the people’s beetle vines which provide them with their livelihood. The people of the movement against POSCO (the PPSS) have been peacefully protesting at the Govindpur village border against the forceful land acquisition on behalf of the Korea-based multinational, POSCO. read more

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Environment

‘Ban Endosulfan’ Campaign

A month long active campaign against Endosulfan the killer pesticide that has affected over 9000 victims and killing more than 1000 in Kasargode, Kerala and Southern Karnataka over 25 years) initiated by the Peoples’ Solidarity Concerns – Bangalore (a forum of different activist,human rights and political groups which includes the New Socialist Alternative- CWI India) culminated on 5th June with a convention and a protest at Town Hall in Bangalore. The campaign included a photo exhibition of Endosulfan victims by the award winning photographer Madhuraj from Kasargode (Kerala) which was held at various locations across Bangalore. Despite few resources available in terms of manpower or financial backing, the campaigners did an exceptionally good job in collecting over 3500 signatures in the ongoing petition campaign as well collect over Rs. 30,000 as campaign fund. read more

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Growth Terrorism At Work: Indian State In The Service Of POSCO

While the entire media spotlight today is focused on the Baba Ramdev fiasco & the big corruption scandals rocking the central govt., hardly any attention has gone to what probably is the biggest corruption scandal involving the land acquisition for the POSCO steel project (India’s biggest FDI) in Odisha. This almost free giveaway of 4004 acres of forest & fertile land for a mega steel plant, a massive coal powered thermal plant & a large captive port is a disaster waiting to happen which would result in a net loss of livelihood of nearly 30,000 people, an environment catastrophe in terms of pollution from the industry, destruction of an ecologically sensitive area & loot of natural resources by a multinational company in connivance with state/ central govt. & the bureaucracy. read more