(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
May 08, 2011
Anti-Endosulphan Hartal in Kerala
APRIL 29, it was the day of people’s hartal against the killer pesticide. The people of Kerala once again made history by rallying the masses against the endosulphan. They wholeheartedly took up the call of the Left Democratic Front.
coincided with the last day
of the meeting of Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants
dawn-to-desk hartal on April 29
demanding the country wide ban on this killer pesticide became a huge
as the people cutting across party lines rallied with the LDF. Ending
up in a victory
for this historical struggle, the
The public modes of transport like buses, taxis and autorickshaws were off the road and shops, offices, educational institutions and factories across the state remained closed. But the train services were not affected. Trade unions like the CITU, AITUC also extended their support to the hartal.
For quite some time, Kerala has been stepping up pressure on the central government for a nationwide ban on the deadly pesticide, whose use over the years left scores dead and forced several hundreds to live in chronic health problems in parts of Kasargod district.
In Thiruvananthapuram, a huge public meeting was held near the General Post Office which was inaugurated by the CPI(M) state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan. He led a massive rally attended by prominent LDF leaders.