Zambian activist arrested for protesting against Vedanta owner, Anil Agarwal

By Staff Reporter

The inequality that multinationals are creating cannot be left unchecked and we will continue standing up and facing arrests for the good of our people, a Zambian political activist, Maiko Zulu, has vowed hours after he was released from police detention in Lusaka for staging a lone protest against British mining giant Vedanta Resources.

In a statement posted on his Facebook page on Thursday, Zulu, who contested as an independent member of parliament for one of the constituencies in Lusaka urban in 2016, assured that the fight against inequality was real.

“Good afternoon comrades, I have been released from Kabwata Police where I was taken after being interrogated at Force HQs following the protest I had at the British High Commission against Vedanta (KCM) owner Anil Agarwal,” Zulu stated. “Vedanta is being de-listed from the London Stock Exchange following serious crimes against indigenous people of India and the pollution of our own Kafue River which is a source of livelihood for thousands of peasants. The inequality that multinationals are creating cannot be left unchecked and we will continue standing up and facing arrests for the good of our people. Our fellow protestors were shot at by police in India. Thank you for the solidarity. The fight against inequality is real.”