The long protest for the closure of Vedanta’s Sterlite Copper unit in Tuticorin over pollution concerns turned violent on March 23. The fight turned ugly in which 9 people were killed. The protestors went on the rampage in the town about 600 km from Tamil Nadu capital Chennai and started Hurling stones and setting government vehicles and public property on fire.
From superstar Rajinikanth to Kamal Haasan, actor Sidharth and many others took to Twitter to condemn the shooting by the police.
Now actor Simbu has joined the list and has spoken at length about the governance in Tamil Nadu. He has put some strong words on the issue of Sterlite protest.
He said, “People who are just protesting for the health and welfare of the fellow citizens are being shot and killed now. What is happening in this state? The leader we voted for is dead and we don’t know how. The government is headless. I’m sure it’s not just me who thinks so. Leaders and famous personalities can only offer condolences. Do we want their condolences? Will the dead come back? Do we want to continue protesting and die? It’s not right. The count of dead people is increasing every day. It’s really painful. The police will react like this when crowds gather and display their angst. We protested against Sterlite. But what did the government do? We need change and this government should go.”
He further continues, “My interest is only looking for a solution and I do have a solution. If you think otherwise, I don’t care. I’m speaking in English because I want this to reach the people who are just sitting back and watching the mayhem. It’s a massive protest that is happening and we don’t get mentioned in most of the media channels.”
Simbu concluded saying, “Nothing in Tamil Nadu has got a proper mention or the attention it deserves. Is language, the problem? Read my lips. Don’t mess with us. Let’s be human first. Unite for humanity.”
Watch the video here:
Protesters blame the Vedanta group’s Sterlite plant for health problems and depleting water. The agitation against the factory started 100 days ago and took a violent turn after protesters got to know that the company is planning to expand the four lakh tonne per annum plant.