More than two dozens small fishing vessels from mainland Penang crossed the channel to the waters near the Esplanade to express solidarity with other fishermen and activists protesting there against massive land reclamation plans around the state.
The protesters had hung up their fishing nets in a symbolic strike on a clear morning, the air fresh and crisp after rain had damped the surroundings at Speakers’ Square (see video above).
The fishermen say the reclamation, especially for the 4,500-acre three-island project in the south of Penang Island, will hurt their livelihoods and undermine food security in the northern region.
University students, activists from Penang Forum and other NGOs, dancers and artists of all ethnic backgrounds joined in the spirited protest in solidarity with the fishermen. Among them was the mural painter Ernest Zacharevic, known for his Penang street art, especially of two children on a bicycle. He held a placard that read: “One island is enough.” Another placard spotted read: “Something fishy is going on down south.” Full article on Aliran website