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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

"Seven thousand March against Vedanta," ActionAid, January 20, 2009.

On Saturday, more than 7000 people from all over India's Niyamgiri region marched against British mining company Vedanta and their project on the unspoiled mountain range that is ancestral home and place of worship for local tribal people.

  "Life here is nothing without the forest.. we are getting firewood from Niyamgiri, bamboo, orange, banana, jackfruit, mango, turmeric, roots... Niyamgiri has been a God for us."

Vedanta Resources is set to start open-pit mining for bauxite (a raw form of aluminium) in the Niyamgiri Hills in Orissa, India. The mine will cause massive deforestation, the likely destruction of local ecosystems and the loss of endangered animals and over 300 rare plants.

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