» 03/21/2012, 00.00
Tamil Nadu: 200 people arrested, including a priest, in anti-nuclear protest
People peacefully demonstrate against the Kudankulam plant approved by the government. Jesuit priest says India needs nuclear plant. For him, it is crucial for "maintaining the energy security of India, reducing atmospheric pollution and gaining economic benefits". People must be educated on the matter.
Tuticurin bishop calls for a stop to nuclear plant that endangers people
Mgr Yvon Ambroise criticises the Kudankulam station (Tamil Nadu) for its shortcomings and the government for its indifference. For about a year, 50,000 people are on a rotating fast demanding the plant be shut down. The Church backs them through its prayers. Growth and development are necessary but not at the cost of human lives.
Police violence against antinuclear protesters: two dead and a church profaned
The victims are a fisherman of 44 and a 6 year-old girl. The man was killed by a shot fired by the police, the little girl was crushed. A priest denounces the "atrocities" committed by police: attacks on unarmed and non-violent protesters; statues of the Madonna destroyed and desecrated.
Tamil Nadu: controversial Kudankulam nuclear power plant begins operating
The Indian-Russian plant starts up just as Indian Prime Minister Singh and Russian President Putin meet in Moscow summit. For years, the project suffered delays, especially because of protests by local residents fearful that pollution caused by discharges might contaminate the Bay of Bengal.
Tamil Nadu, new Church and fishermen protests against the Koodankulam nuclear plant
The fishermen also want to unfreeze the bank accounts of the diocesan NGO run by Msgr. Yvon Ambroise, Bishop of Tuticorin. The government stops all funds, accusing them of finance anti-nuclear demonstrations with foreign money. The bishop sends a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to seek to resolve the situation.
Bishop and residents against construction of Kudankalam nuclear power plant
The chief minister of the state stops the Indo-Russian nuclear plant project and the people break their hunger strike. Bishop Yvon Ambroise: "The Church is supporting this good cause," because "people's lives are more valuable than any investment."
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