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Surround GCM! Surround the Dirty Coal Miners! Join the Demo to Halt Devastating Phulbari Open Pit Coal Mine

Tuesday, 9 December 2014 at 10:30am-12 pm, Venue: 4 Hamilton Place, London, W1J 7BQ, Nearest Tube Station: Hyde Park Corner

Global Coal Management Resources Plc (GCM), an Alternative Investment Market (AIM) listed UK-based multinational company, is desperately moving to implement an immense open pit coal mine in Phulbari, northwest Bangladesh, forcibly displacing an estimated 130, 000 people and destroying homes, lands, and water sources of as many as 220,000 people. If the project is implemented, it will destroy over 14,660 acres of fertile agricultural land that produce three food crops annually, will increase hunger in the country. De-watering by extraction of ground water for coal mine, will lower water level in the region by 15-20 meter.The project will results in irreparable damage to the social and ecological spheres, which will have far more damaging impact than that of apparent profit output of coal.

The proposed production share distribution deal will pay 6% of royalty to Bangladesh and 94% revenue will be taken by GCM! Moreover, they will enjoy 9 years tax holiday to increase their profit further. Bangladesh will bear all the burdens, but will get almost nothing.

Locals have been opposing the project for seven years by resiastance, forming powerful human chains and rallies. On 26 August 2006, three people were killed and over 200 injured when paramilitary troops fired on a massive protest of some 80,000 demonstrators in Phulbari. But people in Phulbari are determined to resist this project and to stop GCM Resources plc. The potential for violence has remained high in this project ever since August 2006. Last year the situation sparked by the GCM's CEO planned visit to Phulbari. People in Phulbari have given verdict against this project. We have served two eviction notices to the company. On 28 February, 2012, seven Special Rapporteurs of the United Nations issued a joint UN press release, calling for an immediate halt to the project on the grounds that it threatens the fundamental human rights of hundreds of thousands of people, including entire villages of indigenous people, and poses "an immediate threat to safety and standards of living." Still GCM is aggressively moving on to implement this open pit coal mine ignoring the human rights and environmental degradation the project would leave.

We want to teach GCM to keep its hands off Bangladesh. We will surround the corrupted miners this December at their AGM. Will you join us in surrounding the dirty coal miners? Will you tell GCM to leave this project?

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