The Office for Justice, Peace and Development Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India Press Release: Stop Police Atrocities on Peaceful Protesters against Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant
New Delhi, September 11, 2012
The Office for Justice, Peace and Development of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (OJPD – CBCI) vehemently protests the police firing, lathicharge and teargas assault on peaceful satyagrahis protesting against the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant. Till the last news one fisherman has been killed in the firing, hundreds of protesters have been injured and a large number of protesters have been arrested. Many television channels have shown video footages of the police crackdown.
The protesters, as citizens of the sovereign, democratic and socialist republic of India have the right to protest policy decisions of the government and carry on peaceful movements when they feel that their voices have not been heard. This is a right enshrined in our Constitution and both the Central and State Governments of India are duty bound to defend this right by the oaths of their offices. Any violent action by the government against a peaceful agitation is violation of the basic principles of human rights honoured all over the civilized world.
OJPD – CBCI calls upon the citizens of India and all the people of goodwill all over the world to decry and protest this brutal attack on the protesters of Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant who are fighting to safeguard the future of our planet from nuclear disaster.
– Rev Dr Charles Irudayam
Secretary, OJPD-CBCI, New Delhi -1