India, Solidarity Message with Genoa

5 Sanjay Sangvai

July 29, 2001


We, the participants of the 'Satyagraha' presently taking place on the banks of the RIver Narmada, in the village of Domkhedi, Jalsindhi and Kasaravad villages would like to express solidarity with the protesters in Genoa and condemn the brutal state terror employed by the summit organisers.

We send our condolences to the family and friends of our comrade who was murdered by the Italian Government.

The violent tactics employed by the police in Genoa to suppress a democratic demonstration reveal that the G-8 Governments rhetoric of 'human rights' and 'freedom' only applies to those who ascribe to West's globalising policies.

Our 'Satyagraha' here against the unjust building of a dam and displacement of the people indigenous to this region (tribals and farmers is intrinsically linked to the international struggle against globalisation and the rule of multi-national corporations. We stand with the demonstrations in Genoa in protest against the G-8 policy of meeting privately to determine the world's 'development'. It is under this banner of 'development' that the Narmada river is being dammed and the 'adivasi' (tribal) people and other farmers are being dispossessed of their lands and their right to a life of dignity. To protest against this injustice, the activists, students, academics and others from all over India and other countries have come to our Satyagraha centres in solidarity with the fight here.

As the democratic resistance to the globalising strategy of the G-8 countries, we hope that the suffocating economic policies exported by the G8 in the countries of the "Third World" will be halted.

In solidarity,

Gita Vasave
Kesav Vasave
Baba Muvariya
Prabhubhai Tadvi
Kamala Yadav
Ashish Mandloi
Medha Patkar & other members of Satyagraha.

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