Handover of signatures to Michelin in Clermont-Ferrand in France

Indian activist Madhumita Dutta Indian activist Madhumita Dutta during an interview

Jan 21, 2012

A delegation of the French NGO ’Association Henri-Pézerat’ and CGT unionists handed over 35,000 signatures to the management board of Michelin in Clermont-Ferrand. More than 28,000 of these signatures were collected by Rainforest Rescue. In the request to Michelin we demand the immediate building freeze of a Michelin plant in Thervoy Kandigai (in Tamul Nadu, India).

On January 16th, 2012 a delegation of the French NGO ’Association Henri-Pézerat’ and CGT unionists handed over 35,000 signatures to the management board of Michelin in Clermont-Ferrand. More than 28,000 of these signatures were collected by Rainforest Rescue. In the request to Michelin we demand the immediate building freeze of a Michelin plant in Thervoy Kandigai (in Tamul Nadu, India). We also call for the renaturation of the  open spaces as well as the release of all arrested villagers. On a press conference following the handover of the signatures the Indian activist Madhumita Dutta explained the resistance of the villagers since 2007. “From the very beginning the people were protesting against this industrial estate. Michelin knew about the concerns of the local people and these legitimate objections may not be ignored“, criticized Dutta. Now the NGOs are filing a lawsuit against the Michelin plant together with the village institution “Gram Sabha.“ The Indian environmental court based in Delhi will decide until February 22nd.

 

Here, you will find a television broadcast by France 3 covering the protests against Michelin