There is an uncanny silence in the media as even generally sympathetic magazines like Tehelka have not reported this brutality despite having been apprised of it by the supporters of the Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samiti. The State has played its cards well over the past few months. Using a carrot and stick policy it has weaned away many of the people who were initially against the project and then used police brutality to evict the rest while maintaining a media blackout and also possibly effecting a media buyout.
This just shows how difficult it is in the present context to carry out movements against the State's policy of implementing mega projects to favour global capital even if they have been shown to be of little long term benefit to the people of the country. The principle of might is right prevails to the exclusion of all considerations of social and economic justice and environmental sustainability. What is striking and sobering is that the mass media will not support mass movements beyond a point. Its ultimately a mug's game. The anti-POSCO struggle which with its longevity and militancy had been an inspiration for many of us fighting in the field for justice will remain a beacon if only a sobering one.