Charity applies to demolish St Paul's

A global anti-poverty charity has filed an application to demolish St Paul's Cathedral as part of a protest against the exploitation of natural resources in India.

ActionAid's digital mock-up showing the demolition of St Paul's
ActionAid's digital mock-up showing the demolition of St Paul's

ActionAid's application was made to highlight opposition to plans by British mining company Vedanta Resources to extract bauxite from the Niyamgiri Mountain in the eastern Indian state of Orissa. The mountain is considered sacred by the 8,000-strong Kondh tribe.

ActionAid said it had filed an application with the governing body of St Paul's Cathedral with a view to demolishing the building so that it can mine for bauxite, which would then be made "into drinks cans and foil for chocolate bars".

Brendan O'Donnell, an ActionAid campaigner, said: "This is a David and Goliath struggle - we've applied to knock down St Paul's to raise awareness of Vedanta's outrageous plan to destroy the Kondh's spiritual home.

"Just as Londoners wouldn't tolerate the demolition of their cathedral to make a quick buck, so the Kondh people won't allow their treasured mountain and forests to be destroyed. Vedanta's investors should be appalled that their money is backing the desecration of a sacred Indian site and the destruction of forests on which people rely for food, clean water and a living."

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