Goa Federation of Mines Affected People (GOAMAP) will observe December 19 2009 as a day of condemnation of Colonial Mining plunder of Goa. It will spread message to the public that although Goa formally got liberation from colonial rule way back in 1961 the fundamental economic structure of mining trade remains colonial in nature even after 48 years.
The sole aim mining industry in Goa has been the exploitation for profits with three supporting pillars: Mining Companies - through their direct plunder, Government of India - though the issuance of Environmental Clearances issued by Central Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) despite overwhelming protests at Public Hearings in Goa, and Government of Goa - through police protection to the mining companies and unleashing of police terror on people when public rises in revolt against mining in defence of their land – covering water, forest and agriculture. Colamb, Ambaulim, Maina, Advalpal, Bicholim, Pissurlem, Lamgao, Pilgao, Bondla and Sirgao are some examples of ongoing Colonial Mining plunder of Goa.
GOAMAP will observe fast in front of Martyr’s Memorial, Azad Maidan, Panjim from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. Members of Public are invited to join the fast in Solidarity.