PMANE Calls off Hunger Strike After Intervention by Community Leaders
The anti-Koodankulam protesters led by the People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) ended their indefinite hunger strike on its fifth day in Idinthakarai on Tuesday evening after listening to the community leaders from Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi and Nagercoil districts.
When contacted, PMANE leader SP Udayakumar said, “As the community leaders requested to call off the strike, we accepted their suggestion. Future action will be decided on the community conference to be held on Sunday in Koottappuzhi.”
The fishermen community continued their boycott of fishing in solidarity with the strike till the strike was called off. Besides, people participated in huge numbers from Idinthakarai and neighbouring villages such as Perumanal, Koottappuli and so on supporting the strike from Sunday onwards.
The strike was started on the 900th day of continuous struggle. It urged the government to stop the units 3 and 4 in Koodankulam and conduct a detailed study on the quality of equipment used in the Koodankulam plant.