Strike for Clean Air in PhulbariWeather Dhaka, Bangladesh - 24 November 2012
The National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, and Power and Ports on Friday held a day-long general strike in Phulbari on November 24, 2012 to protest open-pit coal mining in the district.
Leaders of the committee announced the demonstration following news that the Ministry of Home Affairs would be assisting British company Asia Energy, which has expressed interest in developing the area for coal extraction. Protesters expressed concern about the environment and livelihoods as key issues in the opposition to coal mining.
The rally was peaceful and ended without incident.