Today when 26 Phulbari activists have been faced with trial and GCM’s corrupt CEO, Gary Lye and Asia Energy gangs, filed multiple arbitrary cases against Phulbari people in Dinajpur Magistrate Court, a beautiful and powerful message of solidarity came from Rhineland Klima Camp to Phulbari Solidairty Group in support of both the brave activists in Phulbari and the save Sunderbans movement. The message states that the fight against coal miners and corrupt multinational corporations has to continue.
Activists at the Klimacamp in the Rhineland in Germany wanted to send the following message and photograph on the tenth anniversary of the Phulbari killings. It was delayed to reach us due to unforeseen. The message from Klima Camp resistance is as follows:
Dear people fighting against the Rampal coal-power plant and the coal industry in Bangladesh,
As activists at the Klimacamp in Germany we want to express our solidarity with people fighting against the destructive Rampal coal-power plant and the coal industry in Bangladesh. We know that we are battling against the same issues – the coal industry, state power, climate change, human displacements and ecosystem destruction. However we acknowledge that the situation for people protesting in Bangladesh is much more severe than for those of us who live in Germany and Western Europe.
When we protest in our countries we may be arrested and treated harshly by the police, but we know that we will not be intentionally killed. We are aware of our nations’ involvement in the destruction of your country – that the company that wishes to mine at Phulbari is listed on the London Stock Exchange and that our countries cause climate change but Bangladesh is at the forefront of climate change impacts.
At the Klimacamp we are taking actions against the coal industry and other polluters in Germany. We see this as a small piece of the bigger picture in the battles against coal and for a liveable climate. We want to send our support and solidarity to you, especially as you mark the tenth anniversary of the Phulbari demonstration and the murder of villagers.
There were a thousand people at lunch on our resistance camp today, from Germany, around Europe and beyond. They were told your story, and invited to join the photo to send you solidarity. So many people wanted to take part that we couldn’t fit them all in the shot. Your work is an inspiration to us.
campaigners at the Rhineland Klimacamp 2016.