Japanese PM Shinzo Abe arrived in India today with toxic gifts of nuclear power, fighter jets and bullet train.
The deal with Japan is more than a bilateral agreement. It’s a missing piece of the grand Indo-US bargain leading to massive nuclear expansion in India and would fast-track American and French reactors in India.
For the villagers, farmers and fisherfolk of Jaitapur, Mithi Virdi and Kovvada, this is perhaps the last chance to protect their livilhoods and environment as the Indian govt is prepared to bulldoze every other concern and obstacles – environmental clearancs, land acquisitions, nuclear liability and the escalating cost of power from these imported reactors.
Some of the most pristine landscapes, rich bio-diversity hotspots, prosperous agricultural lands and rich community cultures would be destroyed if Shinzo Abe and Modi’s nuclear deal comes through.
Against this nuclear deal, protests have been announced all over India during Shinzo Abe’s visit.
In solidarity, activists staged protest in Turkey’s historical city Istanbul as their country also concluded a similar agreement with Japan and there’s strong local community protest against Sinop nuclear project.
In a publicly held protest, the Sinop Antinuclear Platform emphasized that India -Japan Nuclear Agreement is just an other version of Turkey-Japan Nuclear Agreement which was signed in 2013. Since Turkish and Japanese governments decided to establish a nuclear power plant in Sinop there has been ongoing protests for 2 years. Sinop Antinuclear Platform members expressed that they are against all nuclear power plants in the world and called for peace. Istanbul Antinuclear Platform is also planning a similar protest in Istanbul on 16 December.
Slogans included ‘No more Fukushimas! No more Chernobyls! Scrap the Nuclear Deal!’ and ‘Shinzo Abe, Narendra Modi, Scrap the Nuclear Deal!’ rang out across the posh West End neighbourhood (which includes the Ritz hotel!).
People in Japan are also fiercely against the dangerous absurdity of Shinzo Abe exporting nuclear to India while the crisis in Fukushima is further deepening. Protests were organised today in Tokyo and Osaka.
In India, protests were organised today in Mumbai, Kolkata, Kovvada and Koodankulam. In Jaitapur and Mithi Virdi, thousands of villagers will protest tomorrow. This nuke deal will destroy their livelihoods and endanger safety. Solidarity groups would organise protest also in Bangalore, Nagpur, Ahmedabad and Chennai.