Late last week, thousands of villagers lay down (literally) on land coveted by POSCO  for India’s biggest planned industrial project in Orissa, in an attempt to prevent hundreds of armed police from evicting them. As we went to press the villagers – supported by delegates from five of the country’s leftwing political parties – were still occupying their territory, and the police had withdrawn a short distance. However this was not before they allegedly destroyed fields used for growing betel nut. And the police inspector in charge has made it clear that he is only awaiting an order by the state government before removing the people, by force if necessary.