tl;dr This news is largely unreported and isn't making international headlines at all. If you would, take some time to read it and perhaps share the Asian Boss video around. Link in bio!
Yesterday I watched a #youtube
video on Asian Boss' channel (@asianbossmedia
) and learnt that on 22 May 2018, the 100th day of peaceful protests by the residents of #Turicorin
, a small fishing town in South India, local police fired at protesters. While official statistics allege that slightly more than 10 people were killed, residents place the death rate at about 50.
Residents have been protesting against the expansion of a factory of the UK-based copper smelting company, Vedanta Sterlite to double its capacity. The company has been exploiting the town's resources and contaminating groundwater that residents once used to drink and bathe. Many residents have allegedly died of cancer due to the polluted water. .
While police claim that the crowd was violent and had petrol bombs, residents insist that the protest was peaceful, no one had weapons and that children and infants were even brought along. .
Wi-Fi and the Internet were shut down in the #Thoothukudi
district as well as in neighbouring districts, in, what some protesters believe, an attempt to stop news from travelling out. .
Twitter users were also enraged at PM Modi, an avid Tweeter, who hasn't spoken up on the issue, bashing him for accepting a yoga challenge instead.