Directly following the results of the court case on 12th August, the doors to the Working Committee offices were locked. On the morning of 16th August when people were returning to work after the holiday, they discovered that all doors to the Town Hall except for the front doors were locked and chained. Mr Mathi, the AVFO’s ‘Vigilance Officer’ was sitting by the front doors observing who was entering and leaving the building. After a few hours the doors were unchained and unlocked. When the management were asked why these actions were felt necessary, no clarification was given.
The Working Committee of the RA released a statement (see below) via massbulletin asking the community to “meet this provocation with perfect equanimity.
The illegitimate ‘ATDC’ indicated in their Auronet (Auroville forum taken over by the Secretary office supporters) announcement on 16th August that the AVFO likely intends to ignore the decisions of the Madras High Court and will appeal. See pdf :Update on the present situation _ Auronet
URGENT FROM Working Committee:
As anticipated, the next round of provocations has begun. This morning all doors to the Town Hall except the front doors have been locked with chains.
Let’s meet this with perfect equanimity. Our answer should be a calm distance from the conflict zone.
At the Working Committee we are taking necessary next steps and will keep you informed.
Your Working Committee
Aravinda, Bharathy, Chali, Hemant, Mael, Sauro, Valli