Phulbari Day was observed yesterday (Sunday 26 August) in Bangladesh. Protesters led by the country’s National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports marched in honour of those who were killed while protesting against the Phulbari open-cast coal project in August 2006. After the massacre, the Bangladesh Government agreed not to allow the project: but British-based mining company GCM Resources, apparently aided by allies in the Bangladesh Government, continues to push for permission to begin mine construction.
The National Committee has promised to increase the level of protest against the project in January if the 2006 agreement has not been honoured by 31 December.