In February, for the first time since 2011, there have been new attempts to evict farmers from their land in Jagatsinghpur district of Orissa, India, in order to build the South Korean company POSCO’s giant steel project.
Although violence flared up on 3rd February the situation took a turn for the worse about a month ago and the villagers at Dhinkia and Govindpur had created a human shield to keep the police out of their land.
At this time, an online petition was started in the hope of mobilizing public support for the cause (
Various Indian, and international organisations – including Korean NGOs – have registered their disgust at the violence.
(British-based investors in South Korean company Posco include Barclays, Alliance Bernstein/Alliance Bernstein Global Wealth Management, Foreign and Colonial Investment Trust PLC, and Henderson Far East Income Limited: see