Thoothukudi (Tuticorin) has erupted in violence as the people’s protests against Sterlite crosses 100 days.
Thoothukudi (Tuticorin) has erupted in violence as the people’s protests against Sterlite crosses 100 days.(Photo: Harsh Sahni / The Quint)
  • 1. When Did Sterlite Enter Thoothukudi?
  • 2. Pollution, Gas Leaks, Violations
  • 3. What Triggered the Protests?
  • 4. How the Protests Began and Grew
  • 5. Violence Erupts
  • 6. Opposition, Celebrities Condemn Violence Against Public
  • 7. The Interim Order Against Sterlite’s Expansion
  • 8. What Happens to Sterlite Now?
Anti-Sterlite Protests: What Vedanta Did & How the People Reacted

22 May marked the 100th day of protests by the people of Thoothukudi (Tuticorin) district, TN, against the Sterlite copper unit that has been an environmental and medical threat for over two decades now.

What was until then a peaceful protest of over 2.5 lakh civilians, erupted into violence, which ended with 11 civilians being gunned down by the police, and over 65 grievously injured in the melee.

Thoothukudi residents’ angst against Sterlite Corporation, as well as Sterlite’s repeated offences against government regulations, needs to be studied in some detail to understand the prevalent anti-government, anti-police and anti-corporation mood.

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