Friday, May 14, 2010

Join Anti-Posco Resistance week: 15-21st May 2010


Dear Friends,

Our sincere and heart-felt thanks to you all for your continuous
supports and cooperations to the people in struggles for the
protection of their lands and livelihoods from the clutches of the
South Korean eagle POSCO. Now, on behalf of the POSCO Pratirodh
Sangram Samiti (PPSS), I am writing this letter with a special

As you know, in protest of the joint conspiracy by the Manmohan Singh
Government at Delhi, Naveen Government at Bhubaneswar and South Korean
President, we, the people of Dhinkia Charidesh have been continuing
our day-and- night peaceful Dharna (Sit-in) at Balitutha since last
107th days began from 26th January 2010 mid-night. Everyday thousands
of women, men, children from families of peasants, fisher-folks,
landless labourers, dalits are participating in the sit-in. Sadly
enough, views of affected people did not create any sense of
responsibility among the governments supposed to represent people of
India. Moreover, they have been showing extra-ordinary favours to the
corporates such as POSCO, Vedanta and TATA.

On the last Republic Day, both Manomohan Singh and Naveen Patnaik
governments had assured to South Korean President Lee Myung-bak in a
special meet at Delhi that the state government will expedite works
‘to hand over lands to POSCO’. Throwing behind all protocols related
to Republic Day celebrations in Orissa, a frustrated CM rushed to
Delhi to prove his allegiance to SK President. PM, CM along UPA
Chairperson had a meeting with him. They did not hesitate to sell the
‘dignity’ of people’s India to a private company on the same day of
India’s pride.

Utter failure to displace the people by any means has made the
desperate Orissa Government blood-thirsty. On 12th May 2010, the
Orissa Police killed a person at Kalinga Nagar, where they had
massacred 14 persons on 2nd Jan 2006. They are going to use the same
murderous tricks at Dhinkia Charidesh to dissuade people from their
resistance. On 11th May they sent, twenty five platoons of heavily
armed police force have arrived and have already taken position around
Balitutha and Dhinkia Charidesh to attack, the unarmed peasants,
fisher-folks, landless daily labourers, dalits, other backward
classes, women, men, children those who continuing their peaceful
resistance movements the lands and livelihoods. With a well-crafted
evil design, they have also brought 3 Magistrates with the police and
sent 5 ambulances to nearby Kujanga Hospital. Almost all the schools
at nearby villages have been forcibly occupied by the Police force in
spite of the opposition by the villagers.

At this decisive juncture, PPSS decides to face the reality and calls
to observe Mass Resistance Week from 15-21 May 2010 at Balitutha and
affected villages. People in thousand numbers will gather there to
express their support and solidarity to the struggling villagers. In
this context, we would like to call people’s movements, political
parties, trade unions, human rights organizations, solidarity groups,
activists, supporters, sympathizers from various corners of the
country to participate in the Resistance.

We are glad enough to invite you to make it possible to join the
Resistance Week. You may, please, come to Balitutha and Dhinkia
Charidesh on or before 15th and leave after 21st May 2010. We would
also request you to bring your own fooding, tents and banner with you.
Those who cannot physically be present may organise protests or send
letters, faxes or phone calls of protest to the addresses below. Your
smallest support will be our greatest inspiration.

Waiting to see you,

With Revolutionary Greetings,

Abhay Sahu,
President, POSCO Pratirodh Sangram Samiti (PPSS)


Chief Minister of Orissa
Address: Naveen Nivas, Aerodrome Road, P.O.-Bhubaneswar, Dist.-Khurda
Pin -751001(Orissa)
Tel. No.(O) 0674- 2531100,2535100 (FAX)
Tel. No.(R) 0674- 2590299, 2591099,2590844,2591100,2590833
Email :

Shri Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India, Prime Minister’s Office,
Room number 152, South Block, New Delhi, Fax: + 91 11 2301 6857

Shri Shivraj Patil, Union Minister of Home Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs,
104-107 North Block, New Delhi 110 001 India, Fax: +91 11 2309 2979.

Chief Justice of India, Supreme Court,Tilak Marg, New Delhi -1,
Fax: +91 11 233 83792, Email:

Chairperson, National Human Rights Commission of India,
Faridkot House, Copernicus Marg, New Delhi 110 001, Tel: +91 11 230 74448,\
Fax: +91 11 2334 0016, Email:

Mr. T. Theethan, IAS, The Joint Secretary, National Commission for SC,
5th Floor, ‘B’ Wing, Lok Nayak Bhavan, Khan Market, New Delhi 110103,
India. Email:
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