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India Clamps Down on Villagers’ Anti-Nuclear Protests – October 4, 2012

In their eagerness to power the country’s growing economy, Indian authorities are treating opponents of nuclear energy as enemies of the state

If the chief minister of Tamil Nadu has her way, democracy would be dispensed with in the southern Indian state. On two separate occasions this year, chief minister J. Jayalalithaa let loose battalions of armed police on thousands of fisherfolk and farmers to crush their months-long non-violent protest against the unfinished nuclear power plants in Koodankulam and Idinthakrai, two coastal villages in the state.

phophoto of demonstrators on a beach facing a reactor contianment building Photo courtesy DiaNuke.orgSince last year, at least 10,000 people have been charged with sedition and waging war against
the state. The state’s campaign to intimidate villagers protesting… more

by: Nityanand Jayaraman

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