OSCAR-nominated filmmaker and Wilsons Creek resident David Bradbury has reportedly been arrested in India
OSCAR-nominated filmmaker and Wilsons Creek resident David Bradbury has reportedly been arrested in India

David Bradbury arrested in India

OSCAR-nominated filmmaker and Wilsons Creek resident David Bradbury has reportedly been temporarily detained in India alongside his wife and two year old son.

According to media reports, Mr Bradbury and his family were in the vicinity of a nuclear power plant in the southern state of Tamil Nadu while working on his upcoming documentary Business as Usual.

They were apparently detained by local police while approaching the village of Idinthakarai, well known as a site of police repression against locals in response to anti-nuclear protests.

Last month a local fisherman was shot dead by police while he and hundreds of other protesters blockaded the highway into the Kudankulam nuclear facility.

A girl was also trampled to death in the ensuing chaos.

Australian Greens' nuclear policy spokesman and senator Scott Ludlam has since released a statement criticising Mr Bradbury's arrest as part of 'a pattern of intimidation to silence dissent' against India's burgeoning nuclear industry.

Yet according to official reports, they were simply denied access to a high-security area and 'given a cup of tea' while awaiting transport back to their hotel.

One of the key outcomes of Prime Minister Julia Gillard's recent visit to India was take another step towards Australian uranium sales to India.
 



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