February 2013, Mr. Abhaya Sahoo, the chairperson of POSCO Pratirodh Sangram Samiti was persuaded by the villagers and visiting activists from across the state and outside to call off his six-day hunger strike as the state government temporarily suspended the forcible land acquisition process owing to the resistance on one hand and the support and solidarity the movement received from across the globe. It is difficult to predict the government's next move but PPSS feel they will not resort to forcible land acquisition for some time at least since the State Assembly’s budget session is about to start soon. The PPSS wishes to thank all those who expressed their support and solidarity with the movement.
"Although a majority of the armed police personnel has been withdrawn from the site outside Govindpur where land was being acquired for POSCO by the State government by demolishing betel vineyards, two platoons of police are still camping in the village. We have decided to continue our mass peaceful demonstration at Govindpur till the police completely withdraws from Govindpur village. We would request you to please keep a watch on POSCO and to please remain in touch with us –the victims and potential victims of POSCO’s invasion," says Prashant Paikray, Spokesperson, POSCO Pratirodh Sangram Samiti.
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