Protest in Madban on 28th December 2009

dear all,

the efforts have had some impact. There was a big protest in Madban when the District collector came to distribute checques to the villagers, and some 1500 villagers collected and demonstrated with black flags. The protest was in the news, and it got good coverage.

The Mumbai support group has also accelerated its activities, and they had a dharna yesterday in Azad Maidan in which nearly 70 people participated. The dharna got good coverage in the TV, and i am sure there would have been reports in the press too. The dharna was timed to get coverage today so that the news would come along with the visit of the officials to Madban.

Another group of activists along with Vaishali Patil, the fiery activist who has led the struggles in Sindhudurg against mining there, is going to Madban and nearby villages to campaign and give a boost to the movement in the second week of January. Activists from Pune adn Mumbai will participate  in this campaign.

We are also making efforts to mobilise the fisherfolk to take out a boat rally, let us see how successful we are.

in solidarity,


Neeraj Jain
“Mrudanga”, Bldg No. 3A, Flat No. 6,
Naad Brahma Society, Warje,
Pune – 411 058
Ph. 94222 20311

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