Protests Begin For Halt to
Evictions, Amendments to Act, and Scheduling
Protests have begun across the country in accordance with the call to
action of the Campaign for Survival and Dignity. Yesterday, protests
took place in multiple locations in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. In
the next five days, morchas, dharnas and public meetings will take
place across the country on these demands. A list of some of the
expected protests is below: others will also be taking place.
The demands of the Call to Action are as follows:
- Immediately halt all evictions and bring the Forest Rights Act
into force to prevent such evictions.
- Amend the Forest Rights Act in this session of Parliament to
correct the sabotage of the legislation at the time of its passage (see
at end for required amendments).
- Halt all Joint Forest Management and plantation schemes that are
aimed at takeover of people's lands. Any future 'participatory'
conservation has to respect the powers and rights of the gram sabha
under the Act.
- Respect the Constitutional provisions of the Fifth and Sixth
Schedules and ensure that all adivasi areas are scheduled and all
adivasis declared as Scheduled Tribes.
- Repeal or withdraw all policies and legislations aimed at making
it easy to seize control of resources for capital, like the Special
Economic Zones Act and the revised Environmental Impact Assessment
Morcha planned in Bhubaneshwar on the 10th from the Chief Minister's
house to the Governor's residence. Approximately 5,000 people are
expected to participate.
Morcha planned in Udaipur at the Town Hall on the 10th. More than 5,000
people are expected to participate.
A public meeting which 1,000 people are expected to attend is planned
at Gujarat Vidyapeeth in Ahmedabad on the 10th.
On the 9th and 10th of May, a dharna will take place in Birsa Chawk in
Ranchi in which approximately 300 people are expected to participate.
On the 14th of May, demonstrations and morchas will take place in
taluka headquarters in Thane, Raigad and Chandrapur Districts.
A three day public meeting will take place with these demands on the
12th, 13th and 14th.
On the 7th (yesterday), dharnas were held in 11 Mandals in Khammam,
Godavari, Vizianagaram, Vishakapatnam and Srikakulam districts in which
a total of more than 3,200 people participated. A padayatra is being
held in the same mandals today and tomorrow (the 9th), followed
representations to the SDO and the Collector in all Mandals.
Rallies took place yesterday in Gudalur (Nilgiris) which drew
approximately 2,000 people and in Kalakkad-Mundanthurai Sanctuary,
which drew approximately 300 people.
A morcha is planned in Raipur for the 11th, at which approximately 700
people will participate.