LIVEBLOG FROM MALAYSIA: DAY 1

Campaign to shut down Australian toxic dumper Lynas

As posted on Green Left Weekly

DAY 1 (June 16, 2014): This morning Isaiah Jacob is joining others making the extraordinary 300km walk from Kuala Lumpur to Kuantan where Lynas has its toxic and radioactive rare earth refining plant. The 622 Shut Down Lynas campaign is organised by Himpunan Hijau (Green Assembly). Last November, Himpunan Hijau activists staged athree-day occupation outside Lynas Corporation’s HQ in Sydney.

“As a person with a disability, I know how difficult life can be. More so, I know the pain felt by parents who have handicapped children . Therefore, I’m taking up this challenge and willingly go through this suffering as an effort to support the Shut Down Lynas campaign. I don’t want to see a child or family suffer due to radioactive pollution,” explained Jacob.

This is the timetable for the Long Walk to shut down Lynas:

June 16 – Dataran Merdeka to Bukit Tinggi

June 17 – Bukit Tinggi to Karak

June 18 – Karak to Mentakab

June 19 – Mentakab to Maran

June 20 – Maran to Gambang

June 21 – Gambang to Kuantan

June 22 – Kuantan to Lynas plant

While the walkers set off on foot from Kuala Lumpur, another group of supporters on bicycles assembled in Johor Bahru outside the town’s iconic clocktower. A group of activists from Himpunan Hijau started cycling 2,800km across Malaysia on May 15.


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