[In Pictures] Protest in Mumbai against Shinzo Abe: nuke deal with Japan opposed

Activists gathered outside Dadar Station to protest against Japanese PM Shinzō Abe’s Nuclear deal with India. This protest was organised as part of the nation-wide protests that are happening during the Japanese PM’s visit to India.

This is the text of the leaflet that was distributed:

Japanese PM, Mr Shinzo Abe, is visiting India from 11th December and is expected to sign a Nuclear Agreement with the Government of India. The democratic and peace-loving citizens of both India and Japan are strongly opposed to this Disastrous Deal.

Why Oppose the Indo-Japanese Nuclear Deal
Nuclear Power generation is the most dangerous source of energy and there is no safe way of storing or disposing off nuclear waste. Besides, it is more expensive than other alternatives.

Many European countries including Germany and Switzerland are either shutting down or phasing out nuclear plants after the horrors of Fukushima. Japan itself has shut down 54 nuclear power reactors following the Fukushima disaster in March 2011. Only 2 reactors have been allowed to restart.

The proposed American and French nuclear plants at Mithi Virdi in Gujarat, Kovvada in Andhra Pradesh and at Jaitapur in Maharashtra cannot proceed without an Indo-Japanese nuclear deal as they require crucial nuclear components supplied by Japan.

As Fukushima is an ongoing disaster, the agreement is clearly a move to allow Japanese Corporations to make profits in India. It is ironical that Japan which has experienced multiple nuclear horrors – from Nagasaki and Hiroshima to Fukushima – is now promoting this sale of nuclear power technology and components to our country.

There is a strong opposition from civil society and grassroots movements in India and Japan along with solidarity from International anti-nuclear groups. The proposed nuclear plants will take away livelihood of people, lead to large displacements and destroy the natural environment.

The catastrophic consequences of nuclear accidents have been felt by the USA at Three Mile Island, by the Soviet Union at Chernobyl and most recently by Japan at Fukushima. This is a risk our country cannot afford to take. We already had an industrial disaster in Bhopal in 1984 that killed thousands of people and lakhs of people are still suffering the consequences.

This undemocratic and disastrous agreement should not be forced upon the people of India. The Japanese people too are opposing this agreement. Instead, India and Japan should work together towards developing safe and clean renewable energy such as solar and wind power.

Let us come together and raise our voices to stop this Indo-Japanese Nuclear Deal!
Coalition For Nuclear Disarmament and Peace (CNDP), Jana Hakka Seva Samiti (Ratnagiri), Kokan Vinashkari Prakalp Virodhi Samiti, Jagrut Kamgaar Manch(JKM), National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) and others

Contact: Vivek Sundara (9821062801), Rajendra Phatarpekar (9833443319)