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Deluge of water protests hit India

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“Flooded farmers in central India have submerged themselves neck-deep in water – some for as long as 17 days – to protest a state government’s dam project that has inundated their lands.

The concept of demonstration by submersion appears to be spreading in India. Hundreds took to the waters of the Bay of Bengal in Tamil Nadu state on Thursday to protest what they say are the dangers from a nuclear power plant.

About 100 police in central Madhya Pradesh state arrested hundreds of water-logged demonstrators who live along the Narmada River on Wednesday. They were demanding the government adjust levels of a local dam to halt flooding.

The protesters in Harda district – where more than 240 villages have been inundated - had also asked for land and agriculture-loss compensation.

The villagers began underwater demonstrations in late August with a jal satyagraha - as the protest is called. Jalmeans water and satyagrah is a form of nonviolent resistance popularised by Mahatma Gandhi.”

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2 Protesters Murdered, 30 Wounded by Police in Mine Protest in Peru

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“Two people died and over 30 were wounded Thursday in southern Peru when a protest against a planned copper mining project erupted with gun-fire from security forces against the protesters.

Thursday’s deaths brought to three the number of people killed this week in protests by agrarian peasants who fear mining by the Mexican companySouthern Copper will contaminate water they use to irrigate crops. Sustained protests have gone on for over two weeks near the Tia Maria mine site. Southern Copper, which is owned by Grupo Mexico, has invested nearly 116 million dollars out of a 950 million dollar investment project in the mine.

Officials at Islay Hospital say the two dead protesters were killed by gunshots. Both were shot in the head. Earlier in the week, a 22-year-old man identified as Huancapuma Clemente died after being shot in the abdomen during a demonstration in the town of Mollendo, near the Islay province.

The regional police commander says protesters set fire to a municipal building and local headquarters of the governing party. Protesters also blocked access to the port of Matarani, where ships load ores for export to China.”

Read more: Earth First!