Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Anti-POSCO rally needs contributions

Dear All,

4000 acres of fertile land under threat from South Korean steel giant, POSCO. The South Korean President is visiting India for Republic Day Parade, but finalizing the POSCO deal is definitely on the agenda. On the other hand, the people of Orissa, including fisherfolk, farmers, women, children are all coming out in protest, in a desperate bid to save their land, culture and livelihood.

In a last ditch effort of resistance, a mass rally is underway from 29th of November to 5th of December, where over 2000 people will march through 120 villages, holding public meetings at various strategic points. See http://orissaconcerns.net/ for more details.

They have hired 5 vehicles to host speakers, mobilize communities around the rally. Each vehicle charges a rental of Rs. 25,000 for a period of seven days. The organizers are falling short of this amount, as they have been taken up to meet expenses related to food, water and other basics of participants.

We request the people of Bangalore city to show solidarity and donate as much as possible to this cause.

Please send in your donations to Mr. Prasanta Kumar Paikray. Bank of India, Bhubaneswar Branch, Account number: 555010100005548. Address: Plot No. AY56, Unit 3, Sria Talkies Road, Bhubaneswar-1

Mr. Prasanta is the official spokesperson of POSCO Pratirodh Sangram Samithi (PPSS) and has been nominated as the person to collect donations towards the campaign.

Please let us know the amount you have donated, so we can let the organizers know of it. We hope B'lore community rallies around quickly in this time of crisis and shows solidarity towards our brothers and sisters in Orissa who are flighting it out.

Apologies for short notice,

in solidarity
-this too shall pass-

From maraa.in