Join Foil Vedanta at Vedanta’s AGM on 1 August


23 July 2013

A guest blog by our friends at Foil Vedanta.

Vedanta Resources is a FTSE 100 British-Indian mining company.  In Odisha, India they are trying to mine a mountain inhabited by an ancient tribe – the Dongria Kond – who have successfully fought them off for more than 10 years. Their fight is in its final stages, and Foil Vedanta are calling on us all to mobilise to ensure Vedanta is kicked out of the Niyamgiri mountains forever.

Vedanta’s top shareholders include our very own banks, pension funds and financial institutions. The usual suspects are amongst their shareholders; Standard Life, Blackrock inc., Legal and General and HSBC Asset Management. Vedanta is now diversifying into oil and gas, and expanding into Africa, Sri Lanka and possibly even the Arctic. If this diversification continues Vedanta will be responsible for even more carbon emissions bringing us closer to  catastrophic climate change and it is likely to ensure the destruction of even more communities across the world.

Since last year’s AGM Vedanta are guilty of a major toxic gas leak affecting thousands of people at their Sterlite subsidiary copper smelter in Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu. At their Jharsuguda Aluminium complex they released fly ash over farmland polluting rivers and villages. In Zambia they tried to fire 2000 workers from their Konkola Copper mines and smelter before being stopped by the Zambian Government. One Zambian employee was shot dead at the plant.

Vedanta protest photo

At Niyamgiri, Odisha, Vedanta with it’s cronies in the Odisha state government are trying to force their mega bauxite mine through at any cost. They are using police harassment,manipulation, threats and distortion of the legal system to prevent the Dongria Kond from voting against the project in the coming weeks. Forces have even opened fire on women and children threatening them not to oppose the mine. But the Dongria are stronger than ever and prepared to fight tooth and nail to save their mountain in these final stages.

Join the grassroots solidarity movement to stop Vedanta at their major annual demonstration at Vedanta’s AGM.

1st August, 2pm. The London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square, W1K 6JP.

Parallel demonstrations are already planned in Odisha and Delhi in India on this international day of action.

Bring drums, placards, banners and lots of energy!

See last year’s successful AGM demonstration here.

Tags:

Blog

Electricity privatisation has consistently failed from London to Lagos. So why are we still doing it?

Finally, after a year of campaigning against the DFID-funded privatisation of Nigeria’s energy, there is the glimmer of a breakthrough in the form of two high-level Parliamentary inquiries that scrutinise this work. 

Democracy, feminism and the city: My trip to Barcelona


25 May 2016

Last month I joined a week long social movement tour of Barcelona with Global Justice Now to learn about some of the inspiring political developments that have been taking place there in recent years.  The trip coincided with the Barcelona No TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) conference, an event that followed Barcelona becoming a

Big Tobacco lost to Australia over plain packaging - but that doesn't mean that corporate courts 'work'


20 May 2016

Late last year tobacco company Philip Morris International’s (PMI) attempted to sue the Australian government for billions over the introduction of plain packing of cigarettes. This court case happened in a secretive court system, just like the one that they are trying to introduce in the EU-USA trade deal, TTIP.