[Marxism] *ANTI-POSCO STRUGGLE* - *APPEAL FOR SUPPORT*

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ANTI-POSCO STRUGGLE* - *APPEAL FOR SUPPORT*

*Friends,*

For more than four years the Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samity (PPSS) has been
bravely resisting attempts to displace over 30,000 people in Jagatsinghpur
District of Orissa by POSCO, a South Korean company, which wants to set up a
steel company and a port on their lands.

The US12 billion dollar project, being aggressively promoted by both Orissa
and Indian governments, threatens the livelihood of thousands of
agriculturists, workers, fisherfolks, rural artisans  and small businesses
in the area besides devastating the local environment and ecology.

In the course of their peaceful and democratic non-violent struggle to
prevent their lands from being forcibly acquired by POSCO, the members of
PPSS have been brutally attacked by paid goons of the company and subjected
to grueling economic blockades by the local administration. Several of their
leaders, including Shri Abhay Sahu, veteran CPI leader in the area, have
been put behind bars and false charges foisted on over 150 activists, both
men and women.

*Need For Doctors and Medicines: *

As a result of all this there is now a grave medical emergency developing in
the Erasama and Kujanga blocks of Jagatsinghpur district, the sites of the
proposed land acquisition for the POSCO Steel Plant. There are dozens of
activists who have fractured limbs due to violence by the company's hired
musclemen, some of which include injuries from bomb attacks. They need
orthopedic help and in some cases possibly even surgical intervention.

Some women in the area are in late stages of pregnancy but unable to leave
the area to get the medical care they need because of the fear of harassment
and even arrest by the local police. Many other women have developed a range
of gynecological problems that need urgent medical attention.

There is severe malnutrition among children owing to the lack of income over
the past few years as many local people have not been able to pursue their
normal livelihoods because of the turmoil in the area. The general
population of the affected villages also need help in combating malaria
which is endemic to the area. There are also patients suffering from
paralysis who need medical care. All these patients cannot go out and
receive treatment because of the threat of arrests. Therefore, we appeal to
you to help in mobilizing a support for a medical camp which can be
organized by the anti-POSCO movement. Please contact; Satya Shivaram
(0)9818514952, Prashant Kumar Paikray (0)9437571547 or K.P. Sasi
(0)9945282056.

*Protest on September 10: *

A huge gathering of the people affected by POSCO will take place on
September 10,, Balitutha, the entrance point of the proposed POSCO area.
Many leaders of different anti-displacement struggles will address the
gathering. The anti-POSCO movement appeals to all people's movements against
displacement, movements against SEZ, mass organization leaders and
like-minded activists to participate and express solidarity.

*Need for Contributions:*

There is an urgent need for contributions for the protest on September 10,
medical care, legal defense and other expenses of the movement. We appeal to
you to communicate to your friends and mobilize maximum support and inform
Shri Prashant Kumar Paikray, the spokesperson of the movement (0)9437571547
at the earliest.

*Send Letters of Protest:*

The PPSS  appeals to people all over India and around the world to show
solidarity with the struggle  by sending letters of protest to the Chief
Minister of Orissa, Shri Naveen Patnaik, Naveen Nivas, Aerodrome Road P.O.,
Bhubaneswar, Orissa, Pin-751001, Email : cmo at ori.nic.in, Fax - 0674 2400100
and the Prime Minister, Shri Manmohan Singh, Room No.148B, South Block, New
Delhi-110001, Fax-011 23016857, 23015603. If copies of protest letters are
sent to antiposcosolidarity at gmail.com it can help the process further.

*Prashant Paikray, POSCO Pratirodh Sangram Samithy (PPSS)*

*K.P.Sasi, Visual Search, **Bangalore*

*Satya Sivaraman: **New Delhi***

*Magline Peter, Theeradesa Mahilavedi, Kerala*

*Dhirendra Panda, Common Concern, Orissa*

*Jagdish, New Socialist Alternative, **Bangalore***

*Rajaji Mathew, MLA, Chairperson, Kerala Legislative Assemby on Enviironment
*

*Anivar, Moving Republic, **Bangalore***

*(For Anti Posco Struggle Solidarity)*

*antiposcosolidary at gmail.com*


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