Foil Vedanta at protest in Odisha May 2013
This week more than 5000 Dongria Kondh tribals and other farmers and local people from grassroots group Niyamgiri Suraksha Samiti conducted a six day foot march (Padayatra) to visit 104 villages on and around the Niyamgiri mountains. The marchers stopped in the villages to make them aware of the upcoming gram sabha (village council) hearings which will determine the fate of the Niyamgiri hills and their livelihoods in the next month or so. Foil Vedanta’s orange banner featured heavily in the march.