(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
February 02, 2014
Protests against Proposed
India–Japan Nuclear Trade
ON the occasion of
the visit of the
Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe to
On January 25, several thousand protestors at Jaitapur marched five kilometers and courted arrest in a massive jail bharo. Among those arrested were local MLA Rajan Salve, Amjad Borkar and Bhikaji Waghdare of the Jan Hakk Samiti (JHS) and Dr Vivek Monteiro, P M Vartak, Adwait Pednekar, Satyajeet Chavan, Arun Velaskar, Mangesh Chavan of the Jaitapur Anuveej Prakalp Virodhi Abhiyan (JAPVA).
The protest march
which commenced from
The jail bharo was preceded by a mass meeting in an open space atop the Madban plateau which was addressed by the local Shiv Sena MLA Rajan Salve, Amjad Borkar and Bhikaji Waghdare of the Jan Hakka Samiti (JHS), Dr Vivek Monteiro on behalf of JAPVA and veteran socialist leader Professor Gopal Dukhande.
Dr Vivek Monteiro
people for turning out in such large numbers and said that
this was a fitting
reply to the
On the previous day, hundreds of activists under the banner of Jaitapur Anuveej Prakalp Virodhi Abhiyan held a black flag demonstration at Azad maidan, Mumbai with the slogan “Shinzo Abe Go Back”. The demonstrators carried colourful banners with the slogans “No more Fukushimas”, “No to India-Japan Nuclear Trade” etc. These banners were also displayed in the Japanese language.
The JAPVA is an umbrella coalition of organisations including local bodies like the Jan Hakk Samiti, the Left parties and environmental groups who have come together to oppose the Jaitapur Nuclear Project.
The CITU Mumbai committee had mobilised in strength for this meeting and workers of CEAT Ltd., contract workers from the Mumbai Shramik Sangh arrived at the venue shouting slogans carrying both red flags and black flags. Representatives of the CNDP and Greenpeace also participated in the demonstration.
The Mumbai demonstration was addressed by Mahendra Singh, Prof Sudhir Paranjape, Adwait Pednekar, Prakash Reddy, Pravin Nadkar, Sayeed Ahmed and Vivek Monteiro.