We ask Anna Hazare to show solidarity with the people who agitated against the opening of the Koodankulam nuclear power project in Idinthakarai village, Tamil Nadu that will impact the lives and destroy the livelihoods of thousands of people living there.
Over 25,000 locals protested against opening of the nuclear power plant, with 103 fasting indefinitely from September 11th for 12 days in order to protect their land, safety and livelihood. We need the mass public and public figures like Anna Hazare to show compassion and raise their voices in solidarity to help them build the pressure they need to stop the opening of the plant. They have manged to use non-violent means against the most violent technology in the world to force the Tamil Nadu government to pass a resoultion demanding the centre for a halt of the proect and review.
The nuclear power station is extremely dangerous. Any nuclear accident can result in an explosion and release large quantities of harmful radiation – whether it be technical problems, natural disasters or man-made disasters – destroying the lives of many for generations to come. Disasters such as Fukushima, Chernobyl, Three Mile Island and recent explosions in France are examples of how immensely risky such a plant is and proves that accidents happen regularly. Furthermore, the operation of the plant will destroy the local ecosystem and the livelihoods of those dependent on it as has been demonstrated by other nuclear plants in India.
As the protesters participate in a Mouna Vratha “ritual of silence” symbolising their voiceless cry for survival, we need public figures like Anna Hazare to raise the voices of the voiceless to increase the visibility in the media and recognition amongst the government.
Sign this petition Anna Hazare to publically show public solidarity with the people in Idinthakarai village who fasted with fearless passion to stop the opening of Koodankulam power plant and protect their life.