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Anti-Sterlite protests: the story till now

Two-wheelers were set ablaze at Thoothukudi as anti-Sterlite protests rages.   | Photo Credit: N. Rajesh

Thirteen persons, including a 17-year-old girl, were killed in police firing during a massive rally taken out demanding the closure of Sterlite Copper, a Vedanta group copper smelter unit, in the port town of Thoothukudi in south Tamil Nadu on May 22, 2018.

The rally, in which thousands of local people participated under the banner of ‘Anti Sterlite Movement’, turned violent with sections of protesters setting fire to vehicles, including those belonging to the police.

Here are a collection of stories that tracked the events that led to the protests.

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The Hindu explains: Sterlite protests
Infiltration of anti-social elements into peaceful protest led to Thoothukudi violence, says Rajinikanth
‘Who are you,’ youth asks Rajinikanth in Thoothukudi hospital
Continuous protests will turn Tamil Nadu into a graveyard: Rajinikanth
T.N. to take back land allotted to Sterlite
CM accuses DMK of instigating Sterlite protesters
G.O. won’t stand up to legal scrutiny: Stalin
‘G.O. to close Sterlite plant inadequate’
Governor visits firing victims in hospital
Three officers in the rank of deputy tahsildar issued firing orders in Thoothukudi, say FIRs
Industrialists concerned over decision on Sterlite
Closure evokes mixed feelings
Government Order an eyewash: Stalin
OPS visits victims, terms firing tragic
Sterlite Copper to be permanently closed, says Tamil Nadu government
Anti-Sterlite protests: In Thoothukudi, how copper came a cropper
Exiting Thoothukudi not on the cards, says Sterlite CEO
CM evades question on who ordered firing
Thoothukudi police firing: Why Narendra Modi is silent, asks Congress
Plea seeks CBI probe into firing
‘Preserve bodies of police firing victims’
Anti-Sterlite protests: Protesters court arrest over firing
Vested interests behind anti-Sterlite protests, says Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami
Cong., CPI (M) to join DMK bandh
Lift prohibitory orders immediately, says Ramadoss
‘Lack of planning and leadership led to firing’
Tamil Nadu CM says Sterlite will be shut
TNPCB orders closure of Sterlite plant in Thoothukudi
Anti-Sterlite protests: T.N. invokes ‘public emergency’, sounds high-level alert
10 killed in police firing as anti-Sterlite rally turns violent in Thoothukudi
Thoothukudi firing: Entirely preventable
One more killed in fresh firing in Thoothukudi
Cease construction of unit II of Sterlite copper plant, Madras High Court directs Vedanta
Vedanta shares drop 6% after protests in Tamil Nadu
Situation necessitated use of force, says DGP
HC had predicted the stir could take a violent turn
Jury still out on what triggered the violence
Police fired under unavoidable circumstances: T.N. CM
Victims with bleeding injuries and gunshot wounds at Thoothukudi GH
Sterlite Copper unit: TNPCB faces flak
‘No question of closing down Sterlite unit’
Newly-wed couple turn up at anti-Sterlite protest venue
Vedanta’s ‘realty plan’ kicks up a row
Sterlite protesters seek RTI reply in 48 hours
Two children injured in anti-Sterlite protest
Kollywood’s show of solidarity
Anti-Sterlite protest in 16 U.S. cities
Kamal Haasan supports anti-Sterlite protest
T.N. govt. not responding to protests over Sterlite: Rajinikanth
Sterlite Power may invest $10 bn