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Posted on Dec 19, 07:19AM | UNI
The People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) today expressed strong support to the anti-nuclear struggle at Kovvada in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh against the American-sponsored nuclear power project.
In a press release here, PMANE alleged that many politicians, bureaucrats, scientists and nuclear-wallahs criticized anti-Koodankulam campaign for not having started struggle at the early stages without even knowing the history that PMANE had been fighting against it all along since its inception.
In fact the Karunanidhi government had even fired at PMANE's mass campaigners on May 1, 1989, at Kanyakumari and wounded several people.
"The central and state governments have largely ignored our peaceful and non-violent movement and campaigns. Seeing no sensationalism, the local and national media also failed to pay any attention to the anti-Koodankulam movement headed by various people at various times. Although the Chernobyl accident had just happened before Rajiv Gandhi and Mikhail Gorbachev signed the Koodankulam deal, the people of southern India were not very aware of it as there were not too many homes with TV sets or any detailed TV coverage of the accident," it said.
The Fukushima accident had opened people's eyes and minds all over the world, and the movement for new energies had become strong everywhere with heightened awareness on climate destruction, nuclear threats and people's rights to life and livelihood, it said.