A collective of political parties and outfits has announced that it would hold protests against the Centre in Chennai on August 5 to demand the closure of the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP).
MDMK chief Vaiko, one of the members of the collective, remarked at a press conference on Friday that the Centre was turning a blind eye to the peaceful protests that have been happening in Idinthakarai for over 700 days now.
“If the protests had been violent a solution might have been reached. But, they have protested peacefully for 700 days. Will the government pay heed only if the protest is violent?” asked Vaiko, addressing a press conference with Manithaneya Makkal Katchi chief M H Jawahirullah and Dravidar Viduthalai Kazhagam leader Kolatur Mani beside him.
He also accused the State government of reneging on its promise that the nuclear power project would not be operationalised till the fear of locals were assuaged.
The collective announced that it would hold a protest in Chennai on August 5 to demand that the Centre shut down the nuclear plant, in view of the fears of the locals.