The January 7th of 2017 has been observed as the ‘global protest day for Sundarbans’ in a total of 10 countries. In Dhaka ‘Sorbopran Sangskritik Shakti’, a platform for cultural and green activists backed by the National Committee observed this day in Shahbag. Hundreds of activists gathered the area at around 3:30 pm local time and brought out a colorful and vibrant procession.
National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports earlier made a call to all of the world people to observe a Global Day of Protest on this January 7th.
Human chains, protest meetings, demonstrations, processions were also organized in 9 other countries with same spirit and motto. London, Berlin, Festplassen, Bergen in Norway, Guangju of South Korea, Bolonia town in Italy, Hague in the Netherlands were among the participant cities.
Over 40 community activists and many transnational environmentalists rallied with beautiful placards and banners displaying powerful images of tigers, rivers, trees, humans and signs of large waving hands as symbols of ‘NO’. They shouted, “‘No’ to Rampal Power Plant”.
In Dhaka Prof. Anu Mohammad said, “Over 100 commercial projects, including Rampal and Orion coal-fired power plants, which are destructive to the forest, have surrounded the Sundarbans.”
He said the government is even ignoring the international call to scrap the Rampal power plant project to “safeguard the interests of Indian power company NTPC and other foreign and domestic plunderers”. “People with a conscience, who understand the importance of life and nature, will never accept this project,” Prof Anu said.
Being a global citizen, participants asked Bangladesh government to stop the sheer economic and environmental folly of Rampal Power Plant project. They expressed their deep concern to protect Sundarbans, the largest mangrove forest in the world, for the future generations. They also suggested that considering worldwide citizens´ concerns and independent experts´ reports, the government must immediately stop this project.
However, Asian People’s Movement on Debt and Development has recently sent an open letter to the President Abdul Hamid demanding scrapping of the Rampal Project from the Sundarbans area. The letter was published in the mainstream world medias.