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Authors pull out of Vedanta JLF, and a rebuttal to the organisers

JLF flyer with pulled out authors17th May. On 14th May we released an open letter calling for the renowned authors and artists participating in the Jaipur Literature Festival at Southbank, London, to pull out of the event in view of its sponsorship by Vedanta Resources – dubbed ‘the world’s most hated company’. The letter has now been signed by over 100 writers, academics, activists and people directly affected by Vedanta’s operations, including poets Nabina Das, Hemant Devate, Rafiq Kathwari and Surya Vahni Priya Capildeo and writers Tariq Mehmood, Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar, Courttia Newland and Gladson Dungdung.

In response two speakers have already pulled out. The scientist and broadcaster Aarathi Prasad and K. Satchidanandan, a Malayalam and English poet have both refused to participate. (Please see the full article critiquing the neocolonialist approach of the Jaipur Literature Festival by Kavita Bhanot here)

Despite this, Sanjoy Roy, the managing director of Teamwork Arts, which produces the festival, issued this statement to the media on behalf of the festival organisers Namita Gokhale and William Dalrymple:

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Boycott Vedanta sponsorship of JLF 2016

Boycott JLF flyer14th May 2016.  On May 21st the high profile Jaipur Literature Festival will take place in Southbank London with Vedanta as its key sponsor*. Foil Vedanta and Roundtable India have authored this open letter to the many renowned authors taking part, asking them to boycott the event in view of Vedanta’s criminal activities.** The letter has been signed by eminent writers, academics, activists and people directly affected by Vedanta’s criminal activities. A protest will also be held outside the event from 10am to 1pm at the Southbank centre, SE1 9PX, London.

*JLF have now removed Vedanta’s  logo from their website. Please see the original page with Vedanta logo on the internet archive.

** Please see the update to this post as authors are pulling out.

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Talwandi Sabo Power laborers strike for unpaid wages

Contract workers blockade gate demanding overdue payment

Contract workers blockade gate demanding overdue payment

Aug 7, 2015. Banwali village, Punjab.

Contract Labourers at Vedanta’s Punjabi power company Talwandi Sabo Power Limited are striking today and protesting in front of the plant gates demanding payment for which they have been waiting for four months.

The Talwandi Sabo plant will be Punjabs biggest greenfield power plant. It is being constructed by SEPCO, the Chinese firm who were found guilty alongside Vedanta for causing more than 40 deaths at the Korba plant in Chhattisgarh when a chimney collapsed on workers in 2009 . Like the Talwandi Sabo workers they were contracted, un-unionised and without rights.

Hardeep Singh, engineer said, “27/28 contractors working for Vedanta have not received salaries for the last 4 months for which we are holding a non-violent protest in front of the gate of Vedanta/ TSPL. In this matter we met the DC and the GM of SEPCO. Nothing has been resolved. We will not stop our protest until our due wage worth 80 crores is settled. We demand from the company and the government that we are given what is owed to us.”

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Extractive Industries on Trial! Protest at the Responsible Extractives Summit 2015.

Responsible Extractives Summit 2015 flyer excerptPlease join us to oppose the 6th Annual Responsible Extractives Summit at Tower Bridge Hilton on Monday 29th June.

Expose crooked executives from Shell, Vedanta, Rio Tinto, JP Morgan, Bechtel and more, co-opting UN’s human rights mechanisms and using sustainability and CSR spin to cover up their extensive and ongoing crimes against humanity and the environment.

Monday 29th June, 12 midday. Hilton Hotel, Tower Bridge, London, SE1 2BY.

Bring drums and placards!!

download the flyer here: Responsible Extractives demo flyer

More info on the true neocolonial faces of the key speakers at the event:

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Cairn Lanka and the corporate takeover of the Tamil seas

map-of-CIL-activity-in-tamil-seas26th January 2015Just five days before January’s Sri Lankan Presidential elections former Minister of Power and Energy Champika Ranawaka dropped a bombshell, accusing Mahinda Rajapaska’s government of failing to collect $7 billion in inflated share value from Cairn Energy – the first oil company to discover gas in the Mannar basin. His firey argument (aimed at shaming the then incumbent President) was that mineral exploration rights had been sold to British oil company Cairn Energy for a song following meetings between Rajapaksa and British Prime Minister Tony Blair (who was a school friend of Cairn Energy boss Bill Gammell) in 2006. In 2011, after gas was discovered in their Mannar block – SL 2007-01-001, the value of shares skyrocketed and Cairn Energy sold them on at a highly inflated value to Vedanta Resources, a British-Indian company, who bought Cairn Energy’s South Asian oil and gas subsidiary Cairn India, assisted by the British Prime Minister David Cameron.

 

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Marikana massacre anniversary demonstration

Marikana2nd ANNIVERSARY DEMONSTRATION

AGAINST THE BRUTAL MARIKANA MASSACRE

SOUTH AFRICA HOUSE, TRAFALGAR SQUARE, LONDON

2-5PM Sat 16th August 2014

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Join the facebook event!

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and see MINERS SHOT DOWN film

7pm FRIDAY 15th AUGUST 2014 @ 365 Brixton Road, BRIXTON, LONDON, SW9

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THE MARIKANA MASSACRE WAS DELIBERATE. S.A. POLICE KILLED 34 AND INJURED 78 STRIKING MINERS. MANY WERE SHOT IN THE BACK &/or ON THE GROUND. RAZOR WIRE, SUB-MACHINE GUNS AND ARMOURED CARS. HORSES AND HELICOPTERS WERE USED. 270+ SURVIVORS WERE ROUNDED UP AND CHARGED WITH THE KILLINGS. WITNESSES ARE BEING REGULARLY MURDERED AS THE WHITEWASH OFFICIAL INQUIRY ROLLS ON. THE WORKERS STRUGGLE CONTINUES.

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Please read more below..

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Global protests rage against Vedanta AGM

Vedanta AGM 2014August 1st 2014. Protesters from Foil Vedanta, MPs and other organizations today held a loud and colourful demonstration at the AGM of controversial FTSE 250 mining company Vedanta at the Lincoln Centre, Lincoln Inn Fields, London. On 31st August parallel demos were held in Odisha, Delhi and Johannesburg. 400 miners protested Vedanta’s Konkola Copper Mines in Ndola, Zambia. In Odisha, India, a consultation on the proposed six fold expansion of the Lanjigarh refinery on 30th July met with major opposition after Vedanta lost permission to mine the Niyamgiri Hills this year. Meanwhile, Vedanta are accused of tax evasion and mismanagement at their Konkola Copper Mines subsidiary in Zambia after investigations revealed they may be externalising up to $500 million per year in profits.

60 people railed against Vedanta’s London AGM today, representing a variety of organisations including diaspora from Zambia, Goa, Tamil Eelam and Odisha where Vedanta is currently embroiled in scandals and accused of major illegalities. Tamil Parai drummers kept up a loud rhythm throughout the demo. Shortly before the AGM started at 3pm a huge banner was unfurled from the top of the next door building saying ‘Vedanta out of London’ eliciting cheers from the crowd. The protesters were joined by a 6m inflatable blade of grass referring to Anil Agarwal’s repeated claim at previous AGMs that Vedanta ‘have not touched a single blade of grass’ at the Niyamgiri Hills. Company executives were hassled as they entered the AGM.

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See the film of today’s demo in London here, and the Parai dummers here, and see MP John McDonnell and others update the protesters after the AGM here.

And photos on Demotix here and here

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A full account of the questions asked inside the AGM, and Vedanta’s responses can be found at London Mining Network’s website here.

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Coverage by: Economic Times, Activists protest at Vedanta’s AGM over alleged illegalities

The Ecologist, India: Foil Vedanta protests erupt in Delhi

Odisha Sun Times, Foil Vedanta stage protest in London; decries company’s move in Odisha.

The Statesman, Protesters target Vedanta, Govt.

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International protest call out! Vedanta AGM, Friday 1st August

Guardian front page August 2012Protest call out!                                 Join us at Vedanta’s AGM,                                                        Friday 1st August. 14:00-16:00        

The Lincoln Centre, 18 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3ED
Join us for our major annual demonstration at Vedanta’s AGM.
We will bring the defiant energy of communities fighting (and winning) against Vedanta around the world to London: from the miners associations, to the looted people of Zambia, and the Dongria Kond tribe.
Parallel demonstrations are already planned in Zambia, Odisha and Delhi in India on this international day of action. Please contact us on foilvedanta@riseup.net if you would like to plan a demonstration at any Vedanta affected community, or in solidarity ANYWHERE!
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Please find more info on the Delhi demonstration here.
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download leaflets for your community and spread the word here:

Bring drums, placards, banners and lots of energy!

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Video reveals Agarwal’s $500 million a year profit at KCM!

Agarwal, JITO, March 201412th May 2014.  A video released by activists from Foil Vedanta today, shows Vedanta boss, and 69% owner, Anil Agarwal, telling a large audience how he bought Konkola Copper Mines in Zambia for just $25 million, rather than the $400 million asking price, and receiving loud cheers when he states that the company brings in $500 million in profit each year. Foil Vedanta had previously released figures from Vedanta’s annual reports showing that the company made $362 million in 2013, but Vedanta CEO Tom Albanese had disputed this during his visits to Zambia in February, repeating the previous claim that KCM was making a very low profit or a loss due to high operational costs and taxes.

The video’s revelations have been widely discussed by the Lusaka Times, and opposition politicians in Zambia.

In the video, Agarwal, speaking to the Jain International Trade Organisation (JITO) in Bangalore, India, March 22 – 23 this year, states about KCM:

Its been 9 years [since we’ve owned the company], and since then every year it is giving us a minimum of 500 million dollar, plus 1 billion dollar, every year it has been continuously giving back.”

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Copper Colonialism in Zambia – report launch, discussion and demonstration.

Copper Colonialism Sussex talk poster

You are warmly invited and encouraged to attend one of these events in the coming weeks to launch our groundbreaking report, and join us in developing much needed grassroots solidarity at our demonstration over Vedanta and the UK government’s neo-colonialism of Zambia for copper.

For a summary of the issues read our two page newsletter on Vedanta in Zambia HERE: Copper Colonialism newsletter

28th March 2014, 12:00 – 14:00Official UK launch of Foil Vedanta’s groundbreaking report – Copper Colonialism: British Miner Vedanta KCM and the copper loot of Zambia which is currently shaking Zambia at Activism and Academia forum, room A04, Arts A, Sussex University, nr Brighton.

 

2nd April 2014, 18:00Official UK launch of Foil Vedanta’s groundbreaking report – Copper Colonialism: British Miner Vedanta KCM and the copper loot of Zambia, Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, London.

Speakers: Samarendra Das and Miriam Rose from Foil Vedanta
Cecil Gutzmore, Chair of Pan-Afrikan Society Community Forum
Chaired by Esther Stanford-Xosei, Pan-Afrikan Reparations Coalition in Europe

 

9th April 2014, 12:00 – 14:00 Demonstration at Zambia High Commission in London, in solidarity with communities poisoned and exploited by Vedanta KCM in Zambia. Meet at Zambia High Commission, 2 Palace Gate, London W8 5NG with placards, banners and loud voices.

 

Speakers: authors of the report – Samarendra Das and Miriam Rose from Foil Vedanta

Following their visit to Zambia in December, the speakers report on tax evasion, environmental devastation, worker’s rights abuses, and the interests behind copper mining companies – from financiers to the UK government (DfID), as well as the suppressive role of NGOs as ‘parasites of the poor’.
The report published after their trip remains a top news item in Zambia today, and is changing the narrative of resource exploitation in Afrika created by corporate colonialism. Vedanta’s executives are battling to cover up the evidence presented.
Vedanta is a British FTSE 250 company known as the ‘world’s most hated mining company’ for their pattern of abuses and illegalities. It is 68% owned by billionaire Anil Agarwal.

Foil Vedanta is a London based international solidarity group, linking and supporting grassroots struggles against Vedanta, and carrying out cutting edge research on the company, and the UK’s role in global mining.