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India: Adivasis rally against Statue of Unity inauguration02:36

India: Adivasis rally against Statue of Unity inauguration

India, Kevadiya
October 31, 2018 at 12:46 GMT +00:00 · Published

Members of the Adivasi tribal community managed to organise a protest in the city of Kevadiya in Gujarat on Wednesday, during the inauguration of the tallest statue in the world, the Statue of Unity, despite a beefed-up security presence for the inauguration.

A group called Bhilistan Tigers Sena called a general strike, where protesters sat on the ground in Kevadiya to block roads. They chanted against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and released black balloons in the air. Several protesters were arrested.

The protesters were rallying against the decision to spend the equivalent of $420 million (€370.5 million) to build the giant statue of India's first Prime Minister Sardar Patel, instead of spending government money on the welfare of the Adivasi community in region. Locals were also reportedly demanding compensation for the acquirement of their land for the construction of the statue, as well as other government projects.

The Statue of Unity stands at 182 meres (597 ft) tall, and almost twice as large as the statue of liberty.

India: Adivasis rally against Statue of Unity inauguration02:36
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Members of the Adivasi tribal community managed to organise a protest in the city of Kevadiya in Gujarat on Wednesday, during the inauguration of the tallest statue in the world, the Statue of Unity, despite a beefed-up security presence for the inauguration.

A group called Bhilistan Tigers Sena called a general strike, where protesters sat on the ground in Kevadiya to block roads. They chanted against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and released black balloons in the air. Several protesters were arrested.

The protesters were rallying against the decision to spend the equivalent of $420 million (€370.5 million) to build the giant statue of India's first Prime Minister Sardar Patel, instead of spending government money on the welfare of the Adivasi community in region. Locals were also reportedly demanding compensation for the acquirement of their land for the construction of the statue, as well as other government projects.

The Statue of Unity stands at 182 meres (597 ft) tall, and almost twice as large as the statue of liberty.

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