Massive protests in districts against hydrocarbon project
Environmentalists, social activists, members of farmers’ associations and cadres of various political parties responded in large numbers to the call by the Movement Against Destruction for the formation of a human chain along the East Coast on Sunday to stage a massive protest against the hydrocarbon exploration project.
The human chain protest was formed at various villages in Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur, Thanjavur and Pudukottai districts. Cadres of various political parties, including the DMK, the Congress, the Communist Party of India (CPI), the Communist Party of India (M), the MDMK and the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi, took part. Protesters carried placards and banners highlighting the danger to the environment. They raised slogans against the Central and State governments faulting them for failing to listen to the grievances of farmers on the important issue of their livelihood.
In Thanjavur district, the human chain was formed at Adirampattinam, Mallipattinam and, Sethupavachathiram. S.S. Palanimanickam, MP, Thanjavur, and Lenin, one of the organisers of the protest, were among the participants. Tamilar Desiya Iyakkam president Pazha. Nedumaran and DMK district secretary Poondi Kalaivanan were among those participated in the protest at Korkai in Tiruvarur district.
A large number of protesters took part in the human chain organised at Puthur roundabout, Nagore, and Vizhunthamavadi in Nagapattinam district.
More than 1,000 persons participated in the protest between 5 pm and 6 pm. They demanded that the Central government scrap the hydrocarbon project with immediate effect.
Over 500 persons formed a human chain at Kattumavadi in Pudukottai district, urging the Central and State governments to cancel the licences given for hydrocarbon exploration at various places in the State.
Former Minister S. Ragupathy, and Pudukottai MLA Periannan Arasu also participated in the protest.