‘Invisible’ protesters demonstrate against British mining company and destruction of tribe
|Survival protests at the plight of the Dongria Kondh at the High Commission of India in London.|
© Marco Cowan/Survival
‘Invisible’ demonstrators from Survival International today targeted the Indian High Commission in London.
The protesters – holding blank placards and banners and spelling out the word ‘invisible’ – were drawing attention to the Indian government’s decision to permit British company Vedanta Resources to mine land sacred to the Dongria Kondh tribe. The government has treated the Dongria as invisible, ignoring their views.
The Dongria are vehemenently opposed to the mine on their sacred mountain and today submitted an appeal to the government in Delhi. In London, the protestors echoed their pleas to be heard by the government.
Photos of the protest are available below.
Vedanta Resources claims that the Dongria are in favour of the mine, but the Dongria have not been consulted by the company and have not been told what the impacts will be on their villages, forests and sacred sites.
The Dongria Kondh have won the backing of British actress and campaigner Joanna Lumley. In narrating Survival’s film ‘Mine: story of a sacred mountain’, Lumley said, ‘It’s only because the Dongria have known their lands so intimately and for so long that this extraordinary forest survives. The Dongria know that [the mine] will ruin their homes, pollute their lands and destroy their lives. We cannot let their fate be decided in a corporate boardroom.’
For more information and images please contact Miriam Ross at Survival International on (44) (0)7504 543 367 or email [email protected]