News from Phulbari

Rally against GCM's Phulbari project. Photo: Taslima Akhtfer

Rally against GCM’s Phulbari project. Photo: Taslima Akhtfer

The week before the London AGM of GCM Resources was a tense week in Phulbari, where the company’s Bangladesh subsidiary Asia Energy wants to construct a huge opencast coal mine against local opposition.

Fulbari tense over Asia Energy chief of operation’s arrival
Leaders and activists of Phulbari Sammilito Peshajibi Sangathan and National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Minerals, Electricity and Port blockaded the Dhaka-Dinajpur highway, disrupting communications with the capital, and staged demonstrations at Phulbari upazila in the district protesting implementation of Phulbari Coal Mine Project.

Asia Energy chief’s visit sparks protest in Phulbari
Gary Lye, of GCM Resources’ Asia Energy subsidiary in Bangladesh, left Phulbari with Police protection after protests.

Dawn to Dusk blockade demanding Lye’s arrest: No open pit
Blockade protesting GCM Resources subsidiary Asia Energy local chief’s visit underway peacefully

Coal mine issue: Dawn-to-dusk blockade underway at Phulbari
Locals declared an impromptu blockade programme as a top coal miner visited Phulbari in his bid to persuade residents in favour of an open pit mine on their farmlands.

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