Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Anti-nuke protest turns violent
Demonstrator killed as police fire on crowdProtesters near the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant
- ucanews.com reporters, Thiruvananthapuram & Chennai
- September 11, 2012
Antony John, 44, died after police opened fire at a group protesting in Manappad village in Tuticorin district, about 57 kms from the nuclear plant.
The state government has announcedÂ compensation of 500,000 rupees (US$ 9020) for the victimâ€™s family, but people are demanding a judicial enquiry, rejecting the police explanation that they fired in â€śself-defense.â€ť
â€śWe have deployed 4,000 personnel as the violence has spread to neighboring districts,â€ť said a police spokesman.
Protests have gathered momentum since the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board gaveÂ the go-ahead last month for the installation of 163 enriched uranium fuelÂ rods in the first of two 1,000 MW reactors in Koodankulam village in Tirunelveli district.
Thousands of people arrived at the the facility yesterday. Police fired tear-gas shells when the protesters tried to proceed toward the plant in 10 fiberglass boats.
Police said the protesters started pelting stones and came very close to the nuclear plant.Â Many jumped into the sea to escape police action.
â€śProtesters had plans to invade the nuclear plant and we were forced to take preventive action,â€ť K. Ramanujam, police director-general, told reporters in Chennai yesterday.
The protesters were chased away from the site and are now on a 48-hour hunger strike at Lourde Matha Church in Idinthakarai village, four kms from the plant.
The protesters, who include fishermen and farmers from at least 20 villages, have been campaigning against the plant since 2004.
Local sources said the police are searching all the houses in Idinthakarai village and randomly arresting people who oppose the project. TheyÂ broke windows and desecrated a statue in the village, witnesses said.
â€śPolice went into the church, brought out Mother Maryâ€™s statue and broke it. They also urinated on the statue,â€ť said Infant Preeka, an eyewitness.
S. P. Udayakumar, the coordinator of Peopleâ€™s Movement against Nuclear Energy (PMANE), which is spearheading the protest, told reporters from an undisclosed location that police are using intimidation tactics.
â€śThe fight against the nuclear plant will continue," he said.
Anti-nuke protesters renew struggle