More than 80 people were injured in southern India as villagers halting the construction of a $900 million Adani port project attacked Vizhinjam Police Station in Thiruvananthapuram.
The protests are causing major problems for Gautam Adani’s $23 billion ports-and-logistics company, which has been forced to halt construction on the Vizhinjam seaport, which is expected to win business from rivals in Dubai, Singapore, and Sri Lanka.
However, construction has been halted for more than three months due to villagers blocking the site’s entrance, accusing the port of causing coastal erosion and depriving them of their livelihoods.
Several protesters were arrested over the weekend after they blocked Adani’s construction vehicles from entering the port, despite a court order allowing work to resume.
According to police documents and footage on local television, the arrests prompted hundreds of protesters to march on the police station, clash with officers, and damage vehicles.