Up to 3,000 villagers are facing arrest after taking part in a “silent protest” against the Jaitapur nuclear power project in India’s Maharashtra state Oct. 29. The villagers, upset about the lack of transparency surrounding the project, organized a “Jail Bharo” (fill up the jail) protest, by showing up at the project site to await their arrest. The government reacted by issuing “preventive arrest” warrants, prohibitory orders and setting up road blocks. According to media reports, 750 people were arrested including a former Supreme Court Judge. (Times of India, Oct. 29)
From Intercontinental Cry, October 2010
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