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Tens of thousands of trade unionists, including those from a group linked to India's ruling party, marched through the streets of the capital on Wednesday to protest food prices, piling pressure on a government already under fire over graft.
The demonstration in New Delhi was the latest in a wave of protests sweeping across the world, including West Asia and Africa, ignited by a worldwide spike in food prices.
In one of the largest anti-government protests in New Delhi in recent years, at least 50,000 people representing trade unions from the country's political parties, marched through the centre of the capital towards the parliament building.
In a sea of red flags and hats bearing their union name, protesters chanted slogans and carried banners calling on the government to provide food security.
"Prices will now kill the common man", read one banner.
Protesters arrived by bus and train from all over the country and the numbers were expected to rise.
PJ Raju, secretary of the Congress' trade union, told Reuters around 100,000 people from his party alone would be joining the protest.
The presence of trade union members from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's ruling Congress party -- a rare instance of a protest against their own government -- is a telling sign of the concerns within the party about government policies that have been unable to tame inflation.
There is a HUGE gap between those with money and those without in India.
Originally posted by CoincidenceX
This would be absolutely no good for U.S foreign affairs....
I hope these peaceful protests end soon and don't lead to anymore revolting.... the civil unrest is becoming an unhealthy habit in these countries abroad.
Originally posted by Lemon.Fresh
Reply to post by Screwed
I think it may get here by April.
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Originally posted by Screwed
I've said it before and I will continue to say it until I can no longer say it.
IT IS COMING HERE!!!!!
Do what you feel is necessary to protect your family.
Take necessary precautions.
This is not a drill!
I just don't want anyone to be able to say they didn't see it coming.
"No one warned me.
This is America, this can't happen here"!
It IS coming!!!!!edit on 24-2-2011 by Screwed because: (no reason given)
The railway authorities in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh Thursday canceled 47 trains coming to Hyderabad from various parts of the southern region, to foil a million-man march asking for creation of a separate Telangana state.
The Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC) on Thursday held the march to press the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government for a bill in Parliament in this regard.