Global protests mark int’l day of action to #SaveHasdeo

May 10, 2022

Protestors gather outside Indian High Commission in London to protest against coal mining in Hasdeo Forest, India, as part of a global day of solidarity. © Kristian Buus

UPDATE: An international day of protest is taking place this Wednesday May 11 against plans by the Indian authorities to mine tribal forests for coal – PHOTOS BELOW.

Adivasi (Indigenous) people in the unique Hasdeo Forest in Chhattisgarh have been passionately resisting the destruction of their lands and futures for coal. Across central India, tens of thousands of Adivasi people’s lands and livelihoods are under threat from coal mining. As India gears up to increase coal mining to one billion tonnes per year, 80% of new planned mines are on Adivasi lands.

Protests have taken place in:
London, UK, supported by South Asia Solidarity Group and London Mining Network,
Milan, Italy,
Sydney & Brisbane, Australia,
Porto Alegre, Brazil,
Toronto, Canada,
Berlin, Germany.

Protests are yet to take place in:
Washington DC, USA, at the Embassy of India, 2107 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008 | 9am EST – supported by Hindus for Human Rights & the Indian American Muslim Council.

Authorities in India recently approved the vast Parsa mine in Hasdeo. Thousands of Gond and Oraon Adivasis, and Dalits, will see their lands and livelihoods destroyed by the mine. The existing PEKB coal mine in the Forest has also had a huge expansion project greenlighted. Both mines will be operated by mining giant Adani.

In approving these mines, the Indian government has defied a vociferous and determined Adivasi protest movement, which has seen rallies, marches, and vigils to protect trees from being felled.

Adivasi resistance movements across central India are striving to keep their forests standing and the coal in the ground. They are fighting for their rights to be respected and the law to be followed, but their leaders are under threat from police crackdowns despite their dissent being both peaceful and law-abiding.

One Adivasi man said: “We are facing a critical situation now and so we are doing an indefinite protest. If our lands are taken away, our future generations will lose their identity and our existence will be lost forever.”

Australian protesters outside the Sydney Opera House, part of the global day of action against Indian government plans to mine Hasdeo Forest for coal. © Survival

Adivasi activist speaks outside Indian High Commission during day of global action in solidarity with the Adivasi resistance to stop coal mining on their lands in India. © Kristian Buus

Demonstrators in Canada, part of a global day of action against coal mining in Hasdeo Forest, India. © Survival

Protest in Milan against coal mining on tribal lands in Hasdeo Forest, India – part of a global day of action. © Survival

Protesters in Porto Alegre, Brazil – part of the Global Day of Action against mining in Hasdeo Forest, India. © Survival

Adivasi woman Ruby Hembrom speaks at a protest against Indian government plans to mine Hasdeo Forest for coal. © Survival

Demonstration outside Indian High Commission, London, highlighting plans to mine tribal forests for coal. © Survival

Protest outside London’s Indian High Commission, against coal mining in India’s Hasdeo Forest. © Survival

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