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Protesters break portions of the boundary wall of the Posco Steel Project plant near Paradip port in Odisha.

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A disillusioned Tamil Pradhan

Sulochana Swain, is sure the gods will curse anyone who tramples her vines

Setting the limit Posco builds a boundary wall

Raj Chaudhury

Burning ambition A Dhinkia gram panchayat demonstration

Sanjib Mukherjee

Steel vs steely resolve A Dongriya Kondh girl expresses solidarity with the anti-Posco cause

Reuters (From Outlook 27 January 2014)

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All India Students Federation activists protest against Odisha governments' decision of arresting anti-Posco agitator Abhay Sahu at Odisha Bhawan in New Delhi.

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CPI (ML) activists taking out a rally against land acquisition by the government and POSCO officials, in Bhubaneswar.

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CPI activists block a road during a protest against POSCO in Bhubaneswar.

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Police remove protesters and wooden barricades erected by them to prevent construction work at Posco project site at Gadakujang village near Paradip.

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Women stand near the stems of trees chopped for the proposed $12 billion steel plant by South Korean conglomerate Posco at Noliashai in Jagatsinghpur district of Orissa. The government will set up a new environmental regulator to review investment projects, the prime minister said, freeing politicians from making unpopular decisions to protect ecology at the cost of development.

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Tribals from Niyamgiri hills participate in a protest by Ekta Parishad supporting anti-POSCO movement in Bhubaneswar.

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Activists of political parties CPI, CPI(M), Forward bloc, Samajbadi party and RJD take out a rally against proposed POSCO plant in Bhubaneswar.

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Villagers close a road with tree trunks to stall the project-related work for Posco plant and obstruct the armed police's entry in Polang in Jagatsinghpur district.

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Posco workers clearing the project site of trees in presence of the police in Polanga area in Jagatsinghpur.

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Children wear mask of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh during protest against the land acquisition in Jagatsinghpur for proposed POSCO project, in Gobindpur village.

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Villagers taking shelter under umbrellas on a hot day, during protest against the land acquisition in Jagatsinghpur for proposed POSCO project, in Gobindpur village on Friday.

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Policemen returning from the POSCO protest site at Dhinkia in Jagatsinghpur.

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A betel farmer in tears after his farm was demolished for Posco project at Dhinkia in Jagatsinghpur.

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CPI activists cover their faces with black cloths during a protest against proposed Posco plant in Bhubaneswar. The activists observed 22nd June, the day the Government signed the MoU with Posco in 2005, as ‘Black Day’.

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Social activist Medha Patkar shouting slogans with villagers protest against Posco in Jagatsinghpur.

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SUCI (C) activists carry an effigy of Orissa Chief Minister Navin Patnaik during a rally in Kolkata to protest against the Orissa government for evicting millions of people from the proposed POSCO site.

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Villagers lying on the ground to protest against the land acquisition in Jagatsinghpur for proposed POSCO project, in Gobindpur village.

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Activists of various political parties hold placards and shout slogans during a protest against POSCO, in Bhubaneswar.

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A villager sprays water on children and women to relieve them from heat as they were lying on the ground during their protest against turning their farmland into an industrial development area for a $12 billion steel plant of South Korean conglomerate Posco in Jagatsinghpur district of Orissa.

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Activists of CPI, CPI(M), Forward Block, RJD and Samajwadi Party protesting against land acquisition for POSCO, in Bhubaneswar.

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POSCO finally gets green clearance from the MoEF ministry—with a few riders—for its $12 bn Orissa steel plant. It’ll take out 1,253 ha forest land.

Villagers protest against the Union Environment Ministry conditional clearance to South Korean steel major Posco at Patana village in Jagatsinghpur district of Orissa.

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Jairam Ramesh vs Everybody Vedanta, POSCO, Lavasa, the Jindals, the Adanis, convocation gowns, SUVs (“Socially Useless Vehicles”), as the year progressed, the list of Union environment minister Jairam Ramesh’s targets grew longer. There was return fire too, from the likes of Sharad Pawar, Praful Patel and Naveen Patnaik, who saw their pet projects endangered. For others, Ramesh was a hero, though sceptics did wonder whether the 24/7 activism was largely designed to impress Sonia and Rahul.

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POSCO project supporters protest against social activist Medha Patkar (seen at the front) at the entry gate of Nuagaon village of Jagatsinghpur on Wednesday. Patkar visited Jagatsinghpur area to call upon the people to agitate against the land acquisition for the proposed POSCO project where she has again been cold shouldered by the villagers, after she faced a similar treatment at Govindapur, Patana and Noliasahi, where the villagers refused to meet her. The villagers were warned by project supporters that anyone talking to her would be fined Rs 5,000 each or so she alleged, adding that the Naveen Patnaik government, POSCO-India and local MLA Damodar Rout had joined hands to snatch fertile land from the poor people, mostly farmers.

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Social activist Medha Patkar, center, gestures during a demonstration against the world's third-largest steelmaker POSCO and mining company Vedanta, in Bhubaneswar, Orissa. Citing the examples of Singur and Nandigram in West Bengal, the Narmada Bacchao Andolan leader once again attacked the state's Left Front government saying it is working for the interests of industrial houses and this is totally opposed to the basic principles of Leftist ideology. She also blamed the Central government for allowing the use of farm land to set up special economic zones, adding "we will fight against the government that works against the interests of the people, particularly farmers"

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Sunday 15 October
Social activist Medha Patkar and other activists protest in front of the residence of Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaikat Bhubaneswar. The anti-Posco agitation in the state took a violent turn when nearly 100 activists led by Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) leader Medha Patkar broke the security cordon and tried to force their way into Chief Minister's residence. The 20 day hunger strike against the South Korean steel firm has been on since the last three weeks in the city. Patkar met the agitators on Saturday and extended her support to their demand for a debate with the government on the Posco project, and has also vowed to build up a peoples' movement against Special Economic Zones, saying the SEZ policy was designed to help corporate houses at the expense of the poor.

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Friday 7 July
Steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal speaks as Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Law Minister Biswa Bhushan Harichandan look on during a press conference in Bhubaneshwar. Unhappy over the progress of its mega steel project in Jharkhand, steel tycoon Lakshmi Niwas Mittal announced an investment of up to Rs 40,000 crore for setting up a 12 million tonne project in Orissa- one of the biggest in the country. If he enters Orissa, Mittal would be competing with South Korea's Posco, the world's fourth largest steelmaker, which has already announced a Rs 54,000 crore steel plant in the state -- home to a quarter of India's iron ore reserves. Meanwhile, CPM leader Prakash Karat has warned that his party would oppose Mittal's new project if the state tried to give him iron ore cheap or allowed him to export ore.

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