People's Resolve Against Coca-Cola in Plachimada
May 19, 2005

We, the members of people’s organizations and concerned citizens protest against Coca-Cola, Pepsi and such other companies, the corporate powers, expropriating peoples resources, water as well as land, forest, fish and minerals.

We demand that the Coca-Cola factory in Plachimada, which is being opposed by the local communities in Plachimada, mostly the Malasar and Eravalon Adivasis, be closed forever.

We are concerned and feel upset that the judiciary has directed the panchayat to reconsider its position since such a directive can bring in undue pressure and amount to interference in the political freedom of the communities.

We can’t accept the judgment’s position that the corporate body and citizenry should be treated at part since such as verdict can be dangerous and further facilitate the corporate encroachment upon people lives and livelihood.

We support the Perumatty panchayat and its position that the local community’s right over resources under the constitution and the Scheduled Tribes right to peace and good governance must be guaranteed and not violated, by the state, the state government of Kerala itself.

We know that the Coca-Cola pollutes water and affects paddy crop due to toxicity in its effluents, the sludge. The Pollution Control Board had already investigated, monitored the situation and concluded that Coca-Cola's effluents pollute the water resource. The same is reinforced by the Centre for Science and Environment’s research and Joint Parliamentary Committee’s findings.

We, therefore, support the people’s struggle against the corporate powers, against the destruction of natural resources and demand that the state government of Kerala must:
  1. Take a firm position, protecting the adivasis, farmers and women in Palakkad, and file an appeal against the High Court judgment.
  2. Take cognizance of the Pollution Control Board's report and close down the factory forever.
  3. Support the Perummatty panchayat’s right, freedom and efforts to save their life- supporting resources and livelihood.
  4. Facilitate alternative local, deshi drink in the state and ban Coke, Pepsi and such drinks in the state produce by MNCs to protect people from poison as well as political - economic expropriation.

We demand that Mr. Oomen Chandy, Chief Minister of Kerala, Smt. Sonia Gandhi, the President, Mr.Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister should immediately respond to the people’s indefinite satyagraha, hold a dialogue and accept the demands.

Water is for life, not for profit!

Medha Patkar
National Alliance of People's Movements (NAPM)

Fr. Thomas Kochery
National Convenor, National Alliance of People's Movements (NAPM)

Esabin Abdul Karim
State Co-ordinator, National Alliance of People's Movements (NAPM)

R Ajayan
Convenor, Plachmada Solidarity Commitee

KP Sureah Raj
Convenor, Anti-Pepsi Cola Commitee

Suresh George
National Alliance of People's Movements (NAPM), Kerala

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