Asia Energy Plc (UK) signed a 30 year contract with the Bangladesh gov't for open-pit coal mining in Phulbari. For 450 million tons of coal under 54 km2 of land. - Desertification - Landscape Changed forever - 40,000 people will be evicted - 2200 indigenous Santal, Munda and Mahili people will be most affected. Asia Energy says "77% of the local people support the Phulbari coal mine project" But on 26 August 2006, some 70,000 people had a different message.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) plans to provide Asia Energy: $100 million in loans +$200 million in guarantees. ADB is proud of its environmental and social safeguard policies. Is it true?
The battle of Phulbari is the battle of all Bangladeshi people. It is a liberation struggle of a patriotic people against imperialist looters and their local lackeys. The traitor-murderers shall not be forgiven.