Global Day of Action against Nuclear Reactor Plants
April 26, 2011
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Global Day of Action vs nuclear reactor plants
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ILPS JOINS GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION
AGAINST NUCLEAR REACTOR PLANTS ON APRIL 26
By Prof. Jose Maria Sison
Chairperson, International League of Peoples' Struggle
April 10, 2011
We, the International League of Peoples' Struggle, hereby call on all its member-organizations, its allied forces and the broad masses of the people to join the Global Day of Action on April 26 and carry out mass actions against nuclear reactors in order to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster, to protest the multiple meltdowns occurring at the Fukushima 1 nuclear complex, to demand immediate measures to protect the Japanese people and to call for the banning of nuclear reactor plants.
The most serious lessons from the Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster have not been learned by the monopoly bourgeoisie and governments. Now, we are confronted by a nuclear plant disaster far bigger than that of Chernobyl. At Fukushima 1 nuclear complex of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), there are four nuclear reactors in the process of meltdown. At Chernobyl, only one reactor was involved and exploded after two weeks, thus effectively stopping the meltdown.
In the aforesaid four nuclear reactors, all cooling systems, including the emergency core cooling system have broken down since March 11, as a result of the magnitude 9 earthquake and the big tsunami. Hydrogen explosions have destroyed the buildings housing the reactors. The nuclear fuel rods attached to the pressure vessels of reactors Nos 1, 2 and 3 are melting upon the decrease of water and exposure of the fuel rods. Moreover, there is a hole in the containment vessel of reactor No. 2.
Extremely high levels of radiation, far exceeding that of the Chernobyl meltdown, are coming from the reactors, especially from the damaged mixed oxide fuel rods which have a high amount of uranium and plutonium. They are life threatening and poisonous to the environment over wide areas. Highly-concentrated radioactive material has been spread further by the release of internal gas to the atmosphere. Large amounts of water used to cool down the reactors have seeped down into the water table and and have flowed out to the ocean.
Since more than a week ago, the level of nuclear disaster has risen to the highest, which is level 7 of the International Nuclear Event Scale (INES). But the officials of the Japanese government and TEPCO have been engaged in disinformation, understating the damage and dangers and giving out false assurances. The Japanese government is more concerned with seeking to maintain and promote the nuclear power development policy in obedience to its US imperialist master. The main technology is provided and controlled by General Electric and Westinghouse.
It is of the highest importance and urgency that internationally coordinated mass actions are started and sustained in order to demand the evacuation, relief and assistance to the latest victims of nuclear disaster, the protection of the people and the environment and the banning of nuclear power plants. In this regard, the International League of Peoples' Struggle have agreed with the International Coordination of Revolutionary Parties and Organizations and other international formations to cooperate in carrying out the Global Day of Action on April 26.
We demand the following:
1. Evacuate immediately the population threatened by the meltdown in Japan!
2. Bring to safety the children and pregnant women!
3. Publish the whole truth about the Fukushima disaster without any reservation!
4. Mobilize all international relief organizations for conducting extensive evacuations!
5. Supply the population with uncontaminated food and water!
6. Organize continuous airlifts and shipping convoys for this purpose!
7. Appoint immediately an investigative commission of the best qualified scientists and experts in the world!
8. Shut down the nuclear power plants!
Remembering Chernobyl and Fukushima Nuclear Disasters
BAYAN Japan Joins Global Day of Action Against Nuclear Reactor Plants
The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (New Patriotic Alliance) or BAYAN – Japan joins and supports the Global Day of Action Against Nuclear Reactor Plants spearheaded by the International League of People’s Struggle (ILPS) on April 26, 2011, the 25th anniversary of Chernobyl nuclear disaster, to demand immediate actions to save and protect the people of and in Japan against the current and long term effects of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear disaster, and calls for the banning of nuclear reactor plants.
Our deepest sympathies go to the people of and in Japan who have lost family members and loved ones and billions-worth of properties and livelihood because of the magnitude 9 earthquake and giant tsunami that hit the northeastern part of the country. Now, their sufferings continue as a result of the multiple meltdowns occurring at the damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant. We commend the courageous Japanese men and women who continue to risk their lives, working day and night at the Fukushima 1 nuclear complex to avert further disaster of catastrophic proportions.
The Fukushima experience reminds us of the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown 25 years ago. Both technological failures have demonstrated the dangers of nuclear power plants that are not accident-free no matter how much safety measures were put in place. BAYAN Japan blames no one but the Japanese government and monopoly bourgeoisie for ignoring the lessons of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
Since day one, extremely high levels of radiation have been recorded in and around the 20-km area of the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant. Just about a week and a half ago, radioactive emissions from its failed nuclear reactors have reached level 7, surpassing that of Chernobyl. However, officials of the Japanese government and TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Corporation) have been understating the damage and dangers it poses on people’s health and safety, engaging in disinformation and giving everyone false assurances.
The Japanese government and monopoly bourgeoisie obviously have downplayed the impact of the Fukushima nuclear disaster to avoid serious backlash on its nuclear energy program. They have connived with US monopoly capitalists represented by General Electric (GE) which engineered the 6 reactors of the damaged nuclear plant to cover up for this massive human and technological error unmindful of the safety and security of the people and its impact on the environment.
BAYAN Japan believes that nuclear power is not the answer to the world’s energy problems. It is neither the solution to the challenge of climate change. Even the most structurally-sound nuclear power plant emits large amounts of radioactive wastes that are highly toxic even on extended period of time. This problem remains unresolved to this day and poses serious threats to human health and safety as well as the environment. Also notable is the fact that nuclear power programs like that of Japan are eating large chunks of public funds which otherwise could have been utilized to develop safer and more reliable sources of renewable energy or improve social services for the people.
The Chernobyl and Fukushima nuclear disasters have taught us about the extreme dangers that can result from nuclear power generation. It is therefore important to rally the people around the world to join the worldwide call to ban nuclear reactor plants in Japan and elsewhere on this planet; to denounce imperialist greed for super profits at the expense of the safety and security of the people and environment; and to push for alternative technologies that are people- and environment-friendly and sustainable for the benefit of future generations to come.
No More Chernobyl, No More Fukushima!
Save Humanity, Save theumanityHumanityH Environment!
Ban Nuclear Reactor Plants in Japan and Around the World!
Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) Japan
26 April 2011
26 April 2011
“Nuclear disasters know no boundaries”
Global Day of Action vs nuclear reactor plants
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We Denounce Nuclear Power Plants in Japan
On April 26, 2011 will be the 25th anniversary of Chernobyl nuclear disaster, a day where people of Japan and the world continuously live in fear for the possible hydrogen explosion of the damaged nuclear reactors 1, 2 and 3 of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Adding to the anxiety is the seen Japanese government policy not to clarify and hide the seriousness of the nuclear accident in order to defend the further use and propagation of nuclear plant and to protect the profits of their main nuclear power plant business partners from the USA.
Earthquake and tsunami’s are natural disasters but the nuclear plant accident is a man-made disaster. Japan is obviously an earthquake country but the government promoted the use of nuclear plant through the instigation of US monopoly capitalist. In fact, it is the US based General Electric who designed the architecture and the six nuclear reactors of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power plant.
The Fukushima nuclear disaster calls the urgency for the people of Japan and the world to protest and to stop the use of nuclear for cheap electric production that gives giant profits to the capitalist at the expense of the people and world’s environment. Therefore, we the undersigned organizations and individuals hereby calls for support and cooperation to join the Global Day of Action called by the International League of People’s Struggle (ILPS) on April 26, 2011, the 25th anniversary of Chernobyl nuclear disaster, to demand immediate measures to protect the Japanese people and to call for the banning of nuclear plant.
Hideo AOKI – Institute on Social Theory and Dynamics – Hiroshima
UCHIKOSHI – Institute on Social Theory and Dynamics – Hiroshima
Naoko OTA – KAFIN Center –
Kazuhiro NISHI – Aichi, Japan
Kimiko SHIMADA – FICAP-Kasugai, International Exchange Network in Kasugai City
Taro AIHARA – Kani, Gifu
Abe RYOGO – Filipino Migrants Center – Nagoya
Virgie ISHIHARA – GABRIELA – Japan
Thelma ARGAL – GABRIELA – Nagoya
Rossana TAPIRU – MIGRANTE – Nagoya
Erik PERRY – MIGRANTE – Nagoya
Edwin GUARIN – Philippine Society in Japan – Nagoya
Jack JACOBE – Philippine Society in Japan – Nagoya
Jaypee RAMADA – United Filipinos in Gifu
Josephus Jul RAMADA – United Filipinos in Gifu
Ronie MIRANDA – KAFIN – Nagoya
Anderson VILLA – Support for Oita Bisaya Association – United Filipinos in Japan
Nestor PUNO – MIGRANTE Japan
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By Don Tagala, ABS-CBN North America News
Bureau | 04/29/2011 10:58 AM
On this Global Day of Action, we are demanding that nuclear power plants are immediately shut down because these plants pose great danger to the community.
Meantime, dozens of New York residents have been regularly holding protests at the Union Square in midtown Manhattan for the closure of what is believed to be the riskiest nuclear reactor in the country. The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission estimates the Indian Point Energy Centers nuclear reactor number 3 in Buchanan New York has a 1 in 10,000 chance of being damaged by an earthquake.
On top of that, the three nuclear reactors at the Indian Point Nuclear Facility rests on top of two intersecting earthquake fault lines The Ramapo fault line. That means, the usually crowded Times Square sitting just 40 miles away from the nuclear reactor, has the highest risk of earthquake damage. Bronx, New York is just 20 miles away.
Teresa Gutierrez of the International Action Center said, I dont feel safe at all, I dont feel safe at all about having one close by. I hope the /movement against the nuclear power plants will elevate, grow and get stronger and organize.
Independent researchers showed that the Indian Point Nuclear Plant supplies about 20 to 30 percent of New Yorks need to power its vast underground mass transit system, trains and millions of homes and businesses. Closing the nuclear plant would significantly increase electricity price by an average of 25 percent and occasionally up to 130 percent in some areas. But anti-nuke activists said the risk is greater than the benefits the nuclear reactors in New York provide. Nibungco said, Its quite possible that the Indian Point Nuclear Reactor accidentally breaks down and cause a meltdown.
This would be a huge disaster that could damage and harm not
only thousands but millions of