Greenpeace India reports:
A Tata customer from Moscow called Mr. Ratan Tata’s office a month ago to tell him exactly what she thought of his destructive port in Dhamra and the effect it was having on endangered Olive Ridley Turtles. She called back again. This time she was told that Mr. Tata was travelling and couldn’t take her call. She was put on hold for five minutes. That’s a very expensive call if you’re calling from Moscow.
So she called Greenpeace and suggested we set up a voice mailbox, record all calls, and then broadcast them to Mr. Tata, which we thought was a brilliant idea.
At 9am last Thursday, we went round to Mr. Ratan Tata’s Bombay office in a rented car decked up as an Olive Ridley Turtle, playing back amplified recordings of all the messages that had poured in for him over the past few weeks.
As we finished the third round of broadcasting, the police appeared, booked all three of us, confiscated our equipment, as well as the video camera we were using to document the event, and hauled us away to the lock-up.
We’re all out now, with no pictures and no video until our lawyers can retrieve them from the police, but we’ve got a recording of all the messages that we broadcast.
To listen to some of the other voices that joined yours outside Mr. Ratan Tata’s office last Thursday morning, just click here.