Tension in Kerala as protests against port project turn violent

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Thiruvananthapuram:Rigidity prevailed at Vizhinjam space in Kerala capital on Sunday after a gaggle of protesters — against the Vizhinjam port venture, overturned police autos and in addition injured two policemen.

In an try to manage the state of affairs close to the Vizhinjam port, the police resorted to cane-charge, and in addition launched tear gasoline shells.

In keeping with sources, many individuals have been injured.

The protesters, earlier on Sunday, surrounded Vizhinjam police station, demanding launch of 5 individuals who had been taken into custody following clashes on Saturday.

The protesters are led by the fishermen of Latin Catholics — a dominant group within the coastal space of ​​Vizhinjam. The protesters are stated to be having the backing of the Latin Catholic Church.

Some media personnel had been additionally injured when the protesters allegedly assaulted those that had been filming the demonstrations.

The police have registered an FIR in opposition to the Archbishop of the Latin Archdiocese of Thiruvananthapuram, Thomas J. Netto, naming him as the primary accused.

Fifty monks together with Auxiliary Bishop, Christudas, and Vicar General, Yujin Pereria are additionally charged within the new FIR.

Sources at Vizhinjam police station instructed IANS {that a} high-level assembly between the monks and law enforcement officials was held in a bid to seek out out methods to defuse the strain within the space.

The protesters need the port venture to be referred to as off even because the Kerala Excessive Courtroom has directed the work on the venture to be resumed.

The state authorities is eager to finish the Vizhinjam port work.

The CPI-M, BJP, and the influential SNDP of the backward-class Ezhava group are backing the port venture.

They’ve additionally staged demonstrations in assist of the port venture.

The Thiruvananthapuram Metropolis Police has deployed greater than 200 police personnel to face any eventuality on the Vizhinjam police station.

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