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(en) European PGA* Conference Newspaper - Solidarity with Resistance of Adivasis in Kashipur(India)

Date Tue, 03 Oct 2006 06:59:25 +0200


against the Bauxite Mining and Alumina Refinery venture of Alcan - Hindalco(UAIL).
Since 1993 the Adivasi and also Dalit communities in the Kashipur region are
fighting against the mega industrial venture of UAIL for Bauxite mining ,
Alumina Refinery and connected to it a power generating factory. The whole
bureaucracy-administration-government-police-judiciary-media are
for the corporations and against the adivasi people. For twelve long
years the adivasi communities blocked this mega industrialising
venture; the corporations couldnt get control even over a piece of
land. Since 2004 December the state stepped up the process of mass
repression and terror through more than 800 paramilitary forces. It is
in this period in 2005 that the corporations were for the first able to
take control of more than 300 hectares of land which they have
fenced off and levelled as a preparation for the construction of the
Alumina refinery. It is at this time that some of us started a solidarity
campaign in Germany. There are more than thirty places in
Germany where Alcan has factories, offices and service centres. The
small protest actions we made on July 14(global action day) this year
helped motivate the people in kashipur to make a direct action two
weeks back . This is just to say that even if we dont really hurt Alcan
here in Europe atleast it gives heart to the resisting adivasi
communities in Kashipur to continue their powerful sustained
resistance in the face of almost impossible odds. In France there are
Alcan factories, offices and service centre at 64 places and also in
many places in Britain and rest of Europe. A european wide
campaign would make much more sense and impact. This would be
a concrete way of solidarity against the global industrial State of
Capital which at the same time concretely also confronts the way life
is organised here and now and as a way to solidarising in preventing
genocide, destruction of nature and other(adivasi) ways of life who
have more connection to values of egalitarianism , freedom and
living in nature and in peace whether in india, brazil, chile ,
botswana or wherever else.

www.kashipur.info kuchaipadar@yahoo.de

Talk and discussion on this solidarity campaign here in the PGA
conference on 31st August between 15-18hrs at h17
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* PGA is an antiauthoritarian anticapitalist direct action network
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