Vizhinjam protest to continue despite government accepting majority of demands

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Thiruvananthapuram: The protest organised by the fisherfolk demanding rehabilitation of families displaced by the construction of Vizhinjam port will continue despite the government agreeing to the majority of their demands.

Fisheries minister V Abdhurahiman on Friday held mediatory talks with representatives of the Latin Archdiocese of Trivandrum to ease the ongoing protest at the construction site of Vizhinjam port.

"The meeting with the minister had a relatively positive outcome. However, we will continue our protest until all our demands are met," Father Eugene Pereira said after the meeting. The representatives of the Latin Archdiocese of Trivandrum also decided to hold a meeting with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan within a week to address the issue.

Meantime, the government reached a settlement with five of the seven demands raised by the protestors. The minister also assured financial help to fishermen during times of extreme climatic conditions. Further, a committee of ministers will be constituted to examine the rehabilitation of families in Vizhinjam. A meeting will be held on Monday to discuss land acquisition for the same. Further, the collector will be directed to shift people living in camps to rented houses.

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