Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/31247

Posted on 27 August 2020 at 21:16 GMT

London protest on Phulbari Day demands delisting of GMC from the London Stock Exchange

London protest on Phulbari Day demands delisting of GMC from the London Stock Exchange

London protest on Phulbari Day demands delisting of GMC from the London Stock Exchange   (Click to enlarge)

Press release from the National Committee to Protect Resources of Bangladesh - UK branch

A vibrant rally and meeting was held on 26 August in front of the London Stock exchange, demanding the delisting of Global Coal Management (GCM, formerly trading as Asia Energy) for alleged fraudulent activities in Bangladesh.

The rally was held on Phulbari Day amidst social distancing and a strict police presence.

Phulbari Day commemorates the brave martyrs - Tariqul, Al-amin and Salekin - who were brutally gunned down by Bangladeshi police in 2006 while peacefully protesting against GMC's plans for an opencast mining operation in Phulbari.

London protest on Phulbari Day demands delisting of GMC from the London Stock Exchange

London protest on Phulbari Day demands delisting of GMC from the London Stock Exchange   (Click to enlarge)

The mine would have displaced 40,000 people from their land according to GMC's estimate, it is alleged, and displaced up to half a million people, by other estimates.

At the protest, Member Secretary of the UK branch of the National Committee to Protect Resources in Bangladesh, Dr Akhter Sobhan Masroor, laid the blame for the brutal repression and killings in Phulbari on GMC.

He also reiterated the demand for the company to be delisted since they were trading without any legal or valid contract with the Bangladesh government.

On behalf of the protesters, a memorandum was submitted to the Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer of the London Stock Exchange: David Schwimmer and David Warren.

London protest on Phulbari Day demands delisting of GMC from the London Stock Exchange

London protest on Phulbari Day demands delisting of GMC from the London Stock Exchange   (Click to enlarge)

It contained a number of demands, including the immediate cessation of trading by GMC and an independent and impartial inquiry into their financial dealings.

Other speakers denounced the role of GMC and other multinational corporations which pursue their commercial interests to the detriment of people's lives, livelihoods and the environment.

See the full press statement in English and Bengali, and a video at https://www.facebook.com/National-Committee-to-Protect-Resources-of-Bangladesh-UK-Branch-100980838404961

The rally was jointly organised by National Committee for Protection of Oil, Gas (UK Chapter), Global Justice Rebellion and Coal Action Network. A solidarity programme was also organised by Phulbari Coalition.

Contact:

Akhter S Khan

Member Secretary

National Committee to Protect Resources in Bangladesh

[email protected] / [email protected]

See also 'Protesters fight coal mining project in Bangladesh' at socialistparty.org.uk

Donate to the Socialist Party

Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

  • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
  • We must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our Fighting Fund.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation

 

Your message: 

 






Related links:

Bangladesh:

triangleBangladesh: Stop closure and privatisation of Jute Mills

triangleBangladeshi campaigners fight mining giant for justice

triangleBrutal repression of Rohingya people sparks massive humanitarian crisis

London:

triangleHillingdon Socialist Party: The ideas of Leon Trotsky

triangleWest London Socialist Party: The legacy of the collapse of Stalinism

triangleWest London Socialist Party: Youth demand a future

Protest:

triangleBiggest protest yet to save Stratford Circus

triangleArms fair: Hundreds of protesters defy police 'dispersal zone'

triangleLondon protest for Texas abortion rights

Land:

triangleYork residents demand land for local community needs

triangleJaguar Land Rover: West Midlands superspreader

Energy:

triangleCOP26: Trade unions must fight for a socialist transition to renewables

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

20/10/21

Housing

Housing crisis: Tories and Labour are not on our side

20/10/21

Unite

Unite union policy conference

20/10/21

UCU

University workers ballot for strike action

20/10/21

Napo

Napo AGM 2021: Union placed on war footing

20/10/21

Llanelli

Reinstate Gary Evans! Llanelli postal workers strike

20/10/21

Brighton

Brighton bin workers' victory in sight against Green-led council

20/10/21

Budget

Ealing People's Budget - cuts can be resisted

20/10/21

Budget

Northampton People's Budget - cuts and privatisation is a failed strategy

20/10/21

DWP

Unite and fight for 30,000 permanent DWP jobs

20/10/21

Bus

Gwent valleys Stagecoach bus drivers strike for fair pay

20/10/21

Pay

Scunthorpe scaffs strike for pay

20/10/21

The Socialist

"Are you the socialist cabby?"

20/10/21

Children

Hackney children's centres - more education cuts are devastating

20/10/21

Protest

Biggest protest yet to save Stratford Circus

20/10/21

Doncaster

Doncaster: Vigil condemns violence against women

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: [email protected]

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 075 4018 9052

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 077 7221 5281

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 078 0983 9793

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


October 2021

September 2021

August 2021

July 2021

June 2021

May 2021

April 2021

March 2021

February 2021

January 2021

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999