Green­peace’s ‘Protest Mo­ti­va­tor’ Gray-Block Turned Away At IGI

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: In yet an­other con­fronta­tion be­tween the gov­ern­ment and Green­peace In­ter­na­tional, a ‘black­listed’ mem­ber of the NGO was barred from en­ter­ing In­dia on June 6 as he landed at the Indira Gandhi In­ter­na­tional air­port from Syd­ney.

Aaron Gray-Block, an Aus­tralian na­tional, worked as a Cri­sis Re­sponse Cam­paigner and also looked af­ter me­dia re­la­tions at Green­peace In­ter­na­tional. His pass­port, with a valid busi­ness visa, was seized by the im­mi­gra­tion au­thor­i­ties and he was put on a flight to Kuala Lumpur. His pass­port was re­turned to him there. While Green­peace claimed in a state­ment­that­no­for­mal­rea­son­was given to bar his en­try, sources in the min­istry of home af­fairs claimed that Gray-Block was one of the 13 ac­tivists of the or­gan­i­sa­tion who were black­listed for vi­o­la­tion of visa rulesinFe­bru­ary.TheMHA­sources said that the 13 ac­tivists — nine from UK, three from US and one Aus­tralian (Gray-Block) — were found to be train­ing, mo­ti­vat­ing and or­gan­is­ing Green­peace In­dia’s ac­tivists to cre­ate field-level protests near ther­mal plant and coal mine lo­ca­tions.

“Their ac­tiv­i­ties were prej­u­di­cial to In­dia’s eco­nomic in­ter­ests and were dam­ag­ing coun­try’s en­ergy se­cu­ri­ty­con­cerns,”claimedase­nior MHA of­fi­cial. “Their names were pro­vided to the Delhi high court and also to the NGO. By invit­ing GrayBlock to In­dia, Green­peace is de­lib­er­ately try­ing to nee­dle the In­dian au­thor­i­tiesandesca­lateth­e­con­fronta­tion,” claimed a se­nior MHA of­fi­cial.

Gray-Block was trav­el­ling to In­dia to take part in a se­ries of meet­ings with staff and to learn more about Green­peace In­dia’s cur­rent cam­paigns, ac­cord­ing to an of­fi­cial Green­peace state­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials, Gray-Block had vis­ited In­dia last year too and had spent a lot of time in Ma­han area, in­ter­act­ing with lo­cals and or­gan­is­ing protests.

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