Goa: Goans in London staged a silent walk to call for an end to the upcoming projects at the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary and the Mollem National Park.“I hope to inform and encourage Goa’s diaspora worldwide to join us in our solidarity and in voicing our deep concerns about the imposition of mega projects that are polluting, not sustainable, destroy the environment, the biodiversity and water resources, and do not comply with the global and international urgency of phasing out coal and fossil fuels, and above all don’t even benefit the great majority of Goans. In fact, the coal transport and hubs in Goa issue is just for the benefit of coal-fired power stations and steel corporations in Karnataka and for their profits,” Miranda told.
In a video shared by Miranda, the London-based Goans can be seen wearing their thermals, coats and face masks and walking in a procession maintaining social distance. The protesters commenced the silent walk from Alexander Palace park in North London in a symbolic gesture of solidarity with Goans in Goa.“This gathering is for all the Goans. We are standing for our people back home,” said one of the protesters in the video.“Everyone is worried about the rapid destruction of Goa’s villages, and forests. Some wondered what would be left , when they eventually returned home after a few years of working here,” Miranda said. More protests will be held in areas of London and outside London where there are large concentrations of Goans.
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