Aussie filmmaker barred from meeting anti-nuke protestors

Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, Oct 26: Noted Australian documentary filmmaker and two time Oscar nominee David Bradbury and his family were prevented by the police from proceeding to Idinthakarai village near the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP) to meet the anti-nuclear protestors.

Police sources said here today that Bradbury, his wife and child came to India on a business visa recently. After a visit to Kanyakumari, they reached Kudankulam by bus yesterday afternoon. They hired an auto to proceed to Idinthakarai, where the anti-nuclear activists S P Udhayakumar, M Pushparayan, MP Jesurajan of Peoples' Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE), a civil group spearheading the ongoing struggle against KKNPP were staying. However, on a complaint from the auto driver, a police team took Bradbury and his family to the police station, where he was questioned by senior police officers for an hour.

Later, Bradbury was let off with a condition that they should not to go to Idinthakarai. They then returned to Kanyakumari. They came to India on a business visa, but their activities were not in line with the visa issued to them and hence they were advised not to visit Idinthakarai village, the sources added.

Bradbury, five time winner of American Film Institute (AFI) award, has produced many celebrated documentary films, including 'A Hard Rain,' that explores the 'other side' of nuclear debate. This was for the second time foreign nationals were prevented from entering Kudankulam and Idinthakarai by the police.

Three Japanese anti-nuclear activists -- Masahiro Watarida, Shinsuke Nakai and Yoko Unoda of 'No Nukes Asia Forum, Japan' --who tried to visit Kudankulam to express their solidarity with the anti-nuke protestors, were deported to their homeland on September 25 from Chennai. Similarly, the visa of a German national Sonnteg Reiner Hermann was cancelled and he was deported back on charges of funding the anti-nuclear protestors in February this year.

Veteran CPI-M leader and former Kerala chief minister V S Achuthanandan was also stopped by the Tamil Nadu police when he attempted to come to Kudankulam on September 18 to pledge his support to anti-nuke protestors.


Published On : Oct 26, 2012