International groups against KoodankulamJun 2, 2012 | Biswarup Banerjee
More than 656 individuals and 168 organisations from 21 countries including Japan, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, US have signed a petition by No Nuclear Asia Forum (NNIF) urging the Central government and Tamil Nadu government to immediately stop the establishment of nuclear reactors at the Koodankulam nuclear power plant.
The appeal has also been addressed to the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL).
A wide range of organisations from environmental groups, human and child rights groups to women and labour associations have supported this appeal.
They have condemned the oppression of the people protesting peacefully against the Koodankulam nuclear power plant.
We, the undersigned, demand that the Indian Government, Tamil Nadu State Government, and Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited（NPCIL）to immediately stop the violent and inhuman oppression of the people protesting the Nuclear Power Plant in Kudankulam.
The Indian Government and the Tamil Nadu State Government are carrying out in a number of different ways oppression such as illegal arrests, attacks and other strategies using armed police and other forces, against people who are carrying out non-violent peaceful protest action. This reality has been reported around the world and many people are expressing their concern.
Those who have seen the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant accident and everything that involved, it is only natural to feel insecure, to demand explanations and the discontinuation of this project.
We cannot sit idly by and watch a situation where expressing protest against nuclear power in order to protect important lives has brought on such violent oppression. The situation in Kudankulam is showing us clearly that Nuclear Power and democracy definitely cannot co-exist.
In Japan so many people are suffering even at this time from the effects of the accident at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant. We now know that Nuclear Power is a desecration of life and that once an accident happens, even the next generation will have to suffer from it.
Don’t oppress non-violent people who are standing up to protect life and our environment.
Indian Government, Listen to the voices of the people!
Stop immediately all the work at the Kudankulan Nuclear Power Plant.