The National Fishworkers' Forum (NFF) has termed the Tamil Nadu government's ‘support' for the Kudankulam nuclear project as anti-democratic and a violation of people's rights.

A press note issued by Matanhy Saldanha, chairperson, NFF, said it was surprising to note that the government had overlooked the destructive potential of the project and demonstrated scant regard for the safety and security of the people.

“The catastrophe caused by the nuclear plants in Fukushima should be considered as a warning worldwide.

It is sad that the Government of Tamil Nadu has decided to tow the line of the Government of India on nuclear power, ignoring the rightful demands and safety of its people”.

The NFF feared that the Kudankulam nuclear power project would pose a threat to the environment and the lives and livelihood of the people in the area.

It alleged that the government was turning a blind eye to the indefinite hunger strike now on in Tirunelveli district in protest against the police action on citizens opposing the project. The press note said people from all parts of Tamil Nadu, such as Tuticorin, Tirunelveli, and Kanyakumari, had joined the protest.