The leader of the National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) and Social activist Medha Patkar asked the government to react to the non-violent protest against the execution of “projects of destruction” like hydrocarbon exploration through dialogue.
The Tamil Nadu people who have given them the “anti-incumbency vote” in the recent election, were not satisfied with the response of the officers to react to the problems and the “crisis of survival” that they had been point put for a long time. Farmers, fisherfolk, laborers, unorganized workers, and Dalit had been ‘screaming’ as their livelihood had been affected, she expressed. “In this situation, a struggle is on to protect their livelihood. The issue is ow the State is responding to the struggle. But in Tamil Nadu, much wrong has been done by the government,” she said.
She said, “It is a serious situation where the people and the State are divided. The State is duty-bound to respond to the non-violent protests. The real issues must be addressed through dialogue with people. A common public hearing must be held as per law and to ensure justice. It must be a non-violent way of response and not taking to lathes and bullets. We demand that Mugilan be produced before the court. We respect the judiciary a stand against the violence of the State” she said.