Vedanta’s Annual General Meeting in London was yesterday disrupted by protestors from Foil Vendata and other organizations after raising a number of human rights concerns.
The protestors held a loud carnival demonstration at theMarriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square London where the controvesial FTSE 100 mining company Vendata was due to hold a meeting.
A parallel demonstration was also held in Johannesburg while in New Delhi India,almost a hundred people braved rains to raise their protest at Odisha Bhawan on Thursday.
A report says the majority of tribal village meetings given legal power by the Supreme Court of India had unanimously voted against Vendata’s flagship Niyamgiri mine.
The protestors held placards painted with defiant anti company quotes from theDongria Kond tribe in Odisha, India, where the company had been trying to mine illegally for ten years, and has now been stopped.
Another group performed street theatre holding a giant inflatable monster with Vedanta Resources painted on it, and snake like heads bearing the names of Vedanta’s subsidiaries.
Meanwhile, some Sri Lankan protesters played Parai drums (a Tamil drum of revolution) outside the Mayfair venue.
A report says that Vedanta subsidiary Cairn India isdrilling in the fragile Mannar basin off Sri Lanka and that tt the peak of the protests a sit in was staged as the Vedanta monster was used to block the road.
Meanwhile in Panaji, Goa, a group of ‘clowns’ staged a satirical performance outside the offices of Vedanta subsidiary Sesa Goa asking them to please cause more mine waste floods, health problems and environmental damage – which they have been accused of.
The protesters in London and India celebrated the victory of the Dongria Kond over Vedanta.
In April the Supreme Court of India gave a precedent final verdict that the ultimate decision on the contentious Niyamgiri mine should be taken by village meetings (palli sabhas) held on the mountain.
On Monday the majority vote was in, as the seventh of twelve meetings registered an unanimous NO to the project. To date nine palli sabhas have been held and each one has unanimously voted against the project. Commentators are suggesting the mine will now be cancelled, losing Vedanta a $7 billion investment.