Struggle for survival must continue in Vizhinjam, pastoral letter says

Archbishop of Latin Archdiocese of Thiruvananthapuram advised people not to fall for attempts by various corners to dissuade and divide fishermen over the issue

Archbishop of Latin Archdiocese of Thiruvananthapuram advised people not to fall for attempts by various corners to dissuade and divide fishermen over the issue

Intensifying the protest against the Vizhinjam seaport, a pastoral letter (circular) was read in all churches under the Latin Archdioceses, Thiruvananthapuram, which spearheads the agitation against the port, to the laity during mass Sunday here in the morning.

Emphasizing the need for continued agitation against the port by the fishermen, Archbishop Thomas J. Netto, Archbishop of the Latin Archdiocese of Thiruvananthapuram, advised people not to fall into the trap of attempts from various corners to deter and divide fishermen on the issue. .

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It is the fishermen’s constitutional right to live along the coast and the fishermen’s strike would continue because it is the fishermen’s fight for survival. The church also made it clear that it would seek legal redress against the proposed port, the circular said. Meanwhile, a ministerial-level meeting with fishermen’s representatives, chaired by Transport Minister Antony Raju and Fisheries Minister V. Abdurahiman, will take place on Sunday.

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The fishermen raised around seven demands, including the rehabilitation of families affected by coastal erosion, a scientific study to assess the alleged damage to the coastline caused by the construction of the port after the blockage of port works, and subsidized kerosene for fishermen , etc. The talks held so far have almost reached consensus on five demands. But the demonstrators insisted that the unrest cannot be stopped without stopping the construction of the port.

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