World Rainforest Movement

India: Michelin factory menaces forest of the “untouchables”

In the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, the French Michelin company is planning to build a huge tire plant that would impact on the community forest, rice fields and lakes of the Dalit people (the so-called “untouchables”). Some 1500 families depend on the forest, especially during the dry season. Other 13 neighboring communities also depend on the forest and the water.

Repression and even imprisonment since February 2011 have been the response to hunger strikes and demonstrations against the construction of the plant.

A call for international help: support the Dalit people by signing a letter demanding to stop the construction of the Michelin plant to save the forest of the Dalit people, at