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From: "Jo Makepeace" (
Subject: SchNEWS 539, Friday 7th April, 2006
Date: Fri, 7 Apr 2006 01:56:45 +0100

Narmada Dam protestor Medha Patkar arrested (India)


Medha Patkar, a leading campaigner to stop the Narmada Dam in India - who was eight days into a hunger strike - was arrested, this Wednesday night, for 'attempting to commit suicide', and taken to hospital to be forcibly treated, without her consent. Police clashed with protesters, stopping them from getting in, and arresting some on charges of rioting. Ms Patkar, who is the founder of the campaign against the building of the Narmada Dam in India, began the hunger strike in protest of the decision to further raise the height of the Sardar Sarovar Dam. The damming of the Narmada river involves over 3000 separate dams, and will displace millions of people.

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