Saturday, June 12, 2010

Invitation for Goa Revolution Day 5.30 pm 18 June 2010, Benurdem, Balli, Quepem

Goa Federation of Mines Affected People (GOAMAP) invites you to Public function to mark Goa Revolution Day on Friday, 18 June 2010 near Primary School, Benurdem, Balli, Quepem at 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm. The program is fixed at this time to facilitate toiling tribal people who work the whole day and return to village around this time.

The significance of the day remains in valiant defiance of Portuguese Colonial rule in Goa by Ram Manohar Lohia on 18 June 1946 in Margao that sparked off wide spread revolt against Colonial rule.

Our current situation too demands tremendous defiance as the current rulersin collusion with various vested interests all over the globe has been promoting predatory colonial model of development that includes scuttling of self-rule at grass roots levels, Mining - legal as well as illegal - usury of income by private parties, Special Economic Zones (SEZs), New International Airport at Mopa, Golf tourism in Tiracol, plans of Marmagao Port Trust to transform Goa into Rest and Recreation Destination for international warships, Blockade of traditional access of tribal people to forest areas, historical treachery and loot of lands ownership titles from Goa's tribal population, expansion of highways, destruction of Goa's ecology for the sake of Cricket Stadium in Thivim, enormous threats to water sources, functional drug mafia, and location of various real estate projects in non-transparent and anti-democratic manner, destruction of agriculture and massive land grabbing are some of the glaring examples in this regard.

Please come and also get your friends. Come prepared to share your ideas. Together we can initiate small steps towards change for better Goa. Goa Revolution Day is just so fit for this!

In Solidarity,

Sebastian Rodrigues

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