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Women from coastal community belonging to Latin Archdiocese of Trivandrum raise slogans during a protest against Vizhinjam Port project in Thiruvananthapuram (Photo:ANI)
Women from coastal community belonging to Latin Archdiocese of Trivandrum raise slogans during a protest against Vizhinjam Port project in Thiruvananthapuram (Photo:ANI)

Vizhinjam: Protesters call off stir against Adani port project after talks with CM

ANI | Updated: Dec 06, 2022 22:58 IST


Vizhinjam (Kerala) [India], December 6 (ANI): The Vizhinjam port protests came to an end on Tuesday as the protestors called off their strike after the final discussions with Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
According to the sources, the state government has agreed to provide a rent of Rs 5,500 for those who lose their habitat and subsidies for fuel for boats and complete the ongoing rehabilitation flats in a year.
The fishermen had been protesting against the Adani port project, alleging that it was not a natural port and that if one goes inside, they could see huge sand dunes dredged from the sea piled up.
On Sunday, the fishermen's protest turned violent as the Vizhinjam Police arrested five protesters for allegedly blocking trucks in Thiruvananthapuram, leading to a scuffle. However, four of the five protesters were released later.
The Vizhinjam police informed on Sunday that they had registered cases against the Arch Bishop and the auxiliary bishop of Thiruvananthapuram, as well as several priests for allegedly blocking trucks.
These trucks were carrying some material for the construction of Vizhinjam port by the Adani Group.

The alleged scuffle took place when a group of people protesting against Vizhinjam port's construction blocked these vehicles and another group in support of the port project opposed them.
The police had booked Arch Bishop Thomas J Netto, Auxiliary Bishop Christuraj and the priests on several charges, including conspiracy, incitement to violence, and attempt to murder, on Sunday.
A case was also registered against protesters supporting the port project, the police informed.
In September, the Kerala region of the Latin Catholic Council (KRLCC) launched a 'Janabodhana Yatra' from Moolambilly in Ernakulam district to Vizhinjam in Thiruvananthapuram as a part of a solidarity protest against the fishermen, who were holding protests at Vizhinjam against the Adani port project.
The churches of Kochi also extended their support to the fishermen, with priests and clergymen forming a human chain with the support of locals spread over 17.5 km.
Earlier, Kerala Minister for Local Self Government, MB Rajesh, said the Vizhinjam port project by the Adani Group is about to be completed, and the government cannot accept demands to stop it.
"The Kerala government has accepted six out of seven demands of protestors. The port project is about to be complete, so we can't accept the demand to stop it," the minister said, commenting on the Vizhinjam Port protest. (ANI)

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