Fisherfolk begin next phase of protest against Vizhinjam port

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Thiruvananthapuram: The fisherfolk led by the Latin Archdiocese of Trivandrum has begun the fourth phase of protest against the Vizhinjam International Seaport Limited on Tuesday.

The workers will picket the main gate of the port. All churches under the Archdiocese hoisted black flags to mark the protest. The fisherfolk has done massive planning in organising the protest. People from each cathedral will participate on selected days till 31st of this month. The organisers hope it will be the biggest movements against the Vizhinjam project so far.

Archdiocese vicar general Fr Eugene Pereira alleged that the agreements made to construct the port were fraudulent. Though it was signed during the UDF regime, the present government is not probing it, he said.

The fisherfolk are facing several grave issues in the state. Promises are not being met. Nothing is happening other than praising them as the 'army of Kerala', he said. Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan had described the fishermen as 'our own army’ while recognising the rescue efforts of the fishers during the 2018 floods.

Father added that the government must talk to the protestors and give ears to their demands.

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