Open Letter: We Condemn International Oil Companies in Bangladesh and State Violence against Bangladeshi Activists

Below I provide an excerpt from the letter:

On September 2, 2009, the members of a nationwide alliance in Bangladesh -- the National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports -- were brutalized by the state police in Dhaka, Bangladesh. More than fifty members were injured. The national committee was conducting a peaceful demonstration and march as part of an announced program to protest the Bangladesh government's anti-people offshore deals with international oil companies. Such deals, according to the protesters, would enable those companies to explore, extract, and eventually own those resources without the people's consent. The deals in question reveal how the ruling classes in Bangladesh operate in close class cahoots with corporations and imperialism.

The particular occasion for this protest was the Bangladesh government's recent decision to award gas exploration rights in the Bay of Bengal to international oil companies. The national committee announced the program in protest against the government's decision to award three blocks to two international oil companies with a provision allowing them to export up to 80 per cent of gas. The committee and protesters feared such a move would threaten the country's energy security and, by extension, the very sovereignty of the country. This national committee has long argued that the government's drive for plundering its own people's resources comes at a high price, and lacks forethought about how these resources might benefit the people of Bangladesh instead of multinational companies ....

You can read the entire letter at M.R. Zine.

By: on 8 Sep 2009

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Here's more on what happened: 50 injured as police charge into demo.


 

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