DMK president M. Karunanidhi on Friday said the government, instead of seeking to suppress the protest of the anti-nuclear activists in Kudankulam, should hold discussion with their representatives to find an amicable solution.

In a statement here, both the Central and the State governments should take steps to ensure that all security measures would be in place in Kudankulam.

“Protesters are also our people and the government cannot afford to treat them as enemies,” he said.

Appeal to protesters

The protesters should also take into consideration that the works for the plants had been going on for many years and prepared themselves for talks, Mr. Karunanidh said.

“The government should not think that it has the police and can suppress the protesters,” he added.

Recalling the interview given by S.P. Udayakumar, the convener of the anti-Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project Struggle Committee, to The Hindu, that Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had let down their satyagraha, Mr. Karunanidhi said now the protest had full participation of the people and was no longer confined to the struggle committee.

“In these circumstances the government should hold talks to find a solution,” he added.

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