Anti-Sterlite movement

Gunning down a protest

Print edition : June 22, 2018

The police lathi-charge against anti-Sterlite protesters at VVD Signal junction on May 22. Photo: N. Rajesh

A video grab of a policeman in plainclothes shooting at protesters on May 22. Photo: By Special Arrangement

People converging at a place in Thoothukudi town on the 100th day of the current protest. Cutting across caste and communal lines, people from all walks of life joined hands against the industry. The agitation turned violent later with the police action, including firing on the protesters. Photo: PTI

The body of Snowlyn Jackson, who was killed in the firing, in hospital. Photo: By Special Arrangement

An angry woman protester confronting policemen in front of the Thoothukudi Medical College Hospital on May 23. Photo: A. Shaikmohideen

Protesters toppling a police vehicle in front of the Thoothukudi Government Hospital on May 22. Photo: N. Rajesh

Two-wheelers set on fire on the Thoothukudi-Palayamkottai bypass road on May 22. Photo: N. Rajesh

The injured at the government hospital on May 28. Photo: N. Rajesh

Protesters outside the collectorate, demanding the closure of the copper smelter plant, on May 22. Photo: N. Rajesh

The plant being sealed in the presence of Collector Sandeep Nanduri following the Tamil Nadu government’s orders. Photo: M. Lakshmiarun

The police open fire, in a “stage-managed” riot situation, on people protesting against the Sterlite copper smelter plant in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu. The death of 13 people and the grievous injuries suffered by many have only strengthened the residents’ resolve to fight against industries that threaten lives and livelihoods.

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