Various well known dignitaries came to support the struggles of people of Goa. Here in the above picture Goa's noted writer, author of a book 'Goa: A Daughter's Story' Maria Aurora Couto seen addressing Human Rights Day gathering, Also present with her includes Capt. Lobo, Fashion Designer Wendell Rockricks, Architect Sarto Almeida, Educationist Theresa Almeida, Concerned citizen Anthony D'Silva, Columnist Jason Fernandes, Anti - SEZ campaigner Swati Kerker, Anti-mining activist Fr. Mathias D'Cunha, Goa University's Dr.Bikram Dasgupta, GAKUVED president Durgadas Gaonkar, and Environmentalist Dr. Claude Alvares. They pledged their support to the Colamb villagers fighting Fomento mining terror. Later on they called upon Goa IGP at Police Headquarters and handed over formal complaint of human Rights rights violations by Goa Police specially PI Santosh Dessai attached to Quepem Police Station. They demanded action against him. IGP assured to take cognizance of the complaint and initiate action. They also met Mr. J.P Singh, Secretary (Home), Government of Goa and handed him the copy of the complaint and also documentaion of Human Rights violation by Goa Police during the past 13 months in Goa's mining belt.
GAKUVED President Durgadas Gaonkar addressing the Press conference on the Human rights day. Dignitaries sitting besides him - Dr. Claude Alvares, Maria Aurora Couto, Rama Velip and Wendell Rodricks also addressed the press conference. Theresa Almeida and Sebastian Rodrigues (not seen in the picture) also addressed the press conference. They all denounced Human Rights violations by Goa Police in State's mining belt.
Suman Dhulapkar addressed Human Rights day rally. She is involved struggle against pesticide plant - Syngenta - in her Dhulapi village in Tiswadi taluka.
Rama Velip addressing the Human rights Day gathering. He came down heavily on Goa Police for colluding with mining companies in the State of Goa. Also narrated personal experiences of Colamb people in Sanguem in facing Police terror.
GAKUVED state President Durgadas Gaonkar denounced Police atrocities in Colamb. He recounted that in 2007 GAKUVED organised Human Rights Day rally in Quepem town with a morcha on Quepem Police station.
Xavier Fernandes from Colamb underlined the need for media to be more vocal in covering issues related to mining belt in Goa.
Sebastian Rodrigues with pictures from Devidas Gaonkar