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Violent protests against Vedanta copper smelter

Policemen stand guard ahead of a protest, after at least 13 people were killed when police fired on protesters seeking closure of plant  on environmental grounds in town of Thoothukudi in southern state of Tamil Nadu, in Chennai, India, May 24, 2018. REUTERS/P.Ravikumar

Policemen stand guard ahead of a protest, after at least 13 people were killed when police fired on protesters seeking closure of plant on environmental grounds in town of Thoothukudi in southern state of Tamil Nadu, in Chennai, India, May 24, 2018....more

Policemen stand guard ahead of a protest, after at least 13 people were killed when police fired on protesters seeking closure of plant on environmental grounds in town of Thoothukudi in southern state of Tamil Nadu, in Chennai, India, May 24, 2018. REUTERS/P.Ravikumar
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Armed policemen in anti-riot gear are seen deployed during a protest against the construction of a copper smelter by Vedanta Resources, in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, India in this still image from May 22, 2018 video footage. Video taken May 22, 2018. ANI via REUTERS TV

Armed policemen in anti-riot gear are seen deployed during a protest against the construction of a copper smelter by Vedanta Resources, in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, India in this still image from May 22, 2018 video footage. Video taken May 22, 2018....more

Armed policemen in anti-riot gear are seen deployed during a protest against the construction of a copper smelter by Vedanta Resources, in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, India in this still image from May 22, 2018 video footage. Video taken May 22, 2018. ANI via REUTERS TV
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A bus on fire is seen during a protest against the construction of a copper smelter by Vedanta Resources, in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, India in this still image from May 23, 2018 video footage. ANI via REUTERS TV

A bus on fire is seen during a protest against the construction of a copper smelter by Vedanta Resources, in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, India in this still image from May 23, 2018 video footage. ANI via REUTERS TV

A bus on fire is seen during a protest against the construction of a copper smelter by Vedanta Resources, in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, India in this still image from May 23, 2018 video footage. ANI via REUTERS TV
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People pelt stones during a protest against the construction of a copper smelter by Vedanta Resources from the road, in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, India in this still image from May 22, 2018 video footage. Video taken May 22, 2018. ANI via REUTERS TV

People pelt stones during a protest against the construction of a copper smelter by Vedanta Resources from the road, in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, India in this still image from May 22, 2018 video footage. Video taken May 22, 2018. ANI via REUTERS TV

People pelt stones during a protest against the construction of a copper smelter by Vedanta Resources from the road, in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, India in this still image from May 22, 2018 video footage. Video taken May 22, 2018. ANI via REUTERS TV
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Police try to remove people protesting against the construction of a copper smelter by Vedanta Resources from the road, in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India in this still image from May 23, 2018 video footage. ANI via REUTERS TV

Police try to remove people protesting against the construction of a copper smelter by Vedanta Resources from the road, in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India in this still image from May 23, 2018 video footage. ANI via REUTERS TV

Police try to remove people protesting against the construction of a copper smelter by Vedanta Resources from the road, in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India in this still image from May 23, 2018 video footage. ANI via REUTERS TV
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Indian actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan speaks to family members of a man who was injured while protesting against the construction of a copper smelter by Vedanta Resources from the road, in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, India in this still image from May 23, 2018 video footage. ANI via REUTERS TV

Indian actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan speaks to family members of a man who was injured while protesting against the construction of a copper smelter by Vedanta Resources from the road, in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, India in this still image from...more

Indian actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan speaks to family members of a man who was injured while protesting against the construction of a copper smelter by Vedanta Resources from the road, in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, India in this still image from May 23, 2018 video footage. ANI via REUTERS TV
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People sit on a road holding placards while protesting against the construction of a copper smelter by Vedanta Resources from the road, in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India in this still image from May 23, 2018 video footage. ANI via REUTERS TV

People sit on a road holding placards while protesting against the construction of a copper smelter by Vedanta Resources from the road, in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India in this still image from May 23, 2018 video footage. ANI via REUTERS TV

People sit on a road holding placards while protesting against the construction of a copper smelter by Vedanta Resources from the road, in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India in this still image from May 23, 2018 video footage. ANI via REUTERS TV
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Police try to remove a woman protesting against the construction of a copper smelter by Vedanta Resources from the road, in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India in this still image from May 23, 2018 video footage. ANI via REUTERS TV

Police try to remove a woman protesting against the construction of a copper smelter by Vedanta Resources from the road, in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India in this still image from May 23, 2018 video footage. ANI via REUTERS TV

Police try to remove a woman protesting against the construction of a copper smelter by Vedanta Resources from the road, in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India in this still image from May 23, 2018 video footage. ANI via REUTERS TV
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View of people protesting against the construction of a copper smelter by Vedanta Resources, in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, India in this still image from May 22, 2018 video footage. Video taken May 22, 2018. ANI via REUTERS TV

View of people protesting against the construction of a copper smelter by Vedanta Resources, in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, India in this still image from May 22, 2018 video footage. Video taken May 22, 2018. ANI via REUTERS TV

View of people protesting against the construction of a copper smelter by Vedanta Resources, in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, India in this still image from May 22, 2018 video footage. Video taken May 22, 2018. ANI via REUTERS TV
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Firemen try to put out a bus on fire during a protest against the construction of a copper smelter by Vedanta Resources, in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, India in this still image from May 23, 2018 video footage. ANI via REUTERS TV

Firemen try to put out a bus on fire during a protest against the construction of a copper smelter by Vedanta Resources, in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, India in this still image from May 23, 2018 video footage. ANI via REUTERS TV

Firemen try to put out a bus on fire during a protest against the construction of a copper smelter by Vedanta Resources, in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, India in this still image from May 23, 2018 video footage. ANI via REUTERS TV
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Policemen chase protesters away with batons, during a protest against the construction of a copper smelter by Vedanta Resources, in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, India in this still image from May 23, 2018 video footage. ANI via REUTERS TV

Policemen chase protesters away with batons, during a protest against the construction of a copper smelter by Vedanta Resources, in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, India in this still image from May 23, 2018 video footage. ANI via REUTERS TV

Policemen chase protesters away with batons, during a protest against the construction of a copper smelter by Vedanta Resources, in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, India in this still image from May 23, 2018 video footage. ANI via REUTERS TV
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Policemen wearing anti-riot gear walk during a protest against the construction of a copper smelter by Vedanta Resources, in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, India in this still image from May 23, 2018 video footage. ANI via REUTERS TV

Policemen wearing anti-riot gear walk during a protest against the construction of a copper smelter by Vedanta Resources, in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, India in this still image from May 23, 2018 video footage. ANI via REUTERS TV

Policemen wearing anti-riot gear walk during a protest against the construction of a copper smelter by Vedanta Resources, in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, India in this still image from May 23, 2018 video footage. ANI via REUTERS TV
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Policemen drag a man, protesting against the construction of a copper smelter by Vedanta Resources, away in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, India in this still image from May 23, 2018 video footage. ANI via REUTERS TV

Policemen drag a man, protesting against the construction of a copper smelter by Vedanta Resources, away in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, India in this still image from May 23, 2018 video footage. ANI via REUTERS TV

Policemen drag a man, protesting against the construction of a copper smelter by Vedanta Resources, away in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, India in this still image from May 23, 2018 video footage. ANI via REUTERS TV
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A demonstrator displays a placard during a protest, organised by All India Democratic Youth Organisation, after at least 10 people were killed when police fired on protesters seeking closure of the plant on environmental grounds in Thoothukudi in southern state of Tamil Nadu, in Ahmedabad, India, May 23, 2018. REUTERS/Amit Dave

A demonstrator displays a placard during a protest, organised by All India Democratic Youth Organisation, after at least 10 people were killed when police fired on protesters seeking closure of the plant on environmental grounds in Thoothukudi in...more

A demonstrator displays a placard during a protest, organised by All India Democratic Youth Organisation, after at least 10 people were killed when police fired on protesters seeking closure of the plant on environmental grounds in Thoothukudi in southern state of Tamil Nadu, in Ahmedabad, India, May 23, 2018. REUTERS/Amit Dave
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A toppled vehicle is pictured near a government office, after at least 13 people were killed when police fired on protesters seeking closure of plant on environmental grounds in town of Thoothukudi in southern state of Tamil Nadu on Tuesday, May 24, 2018. REUTERS/Sudarshan Varadhan

A toppled vehicle is pictured near a government office, after at least 13 people were killed when police fired on protesters seeking closure of plant on environmental grounds in town of Thoothukudi in southern state of Tamil Nadu on Tuesday, May 24,...more

A toppled vehicle is pictured near a government office, after at least 13 people were killed when police fired on protesters seeking closure of plant on environmental grounds in town of Thoothukudi in southern state of Tamil Nadu on Tuesday, May 24, 2018. REUTERS/Sudarshan Varadhan
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Charred vehicles are pictured near a government office, after at least 13 people were killed when police fired on protesters seeking closure of plant on environmental grounds in town of Thoothukudi in southern state of Tamil Nadu on Tuesday, May 24, 2018. REUTERS/Sudarshan Varadhan

Charred vehicles are pictured near a government office, after at least 13 people were killed when police fired on protesters seeking closure of plant on environmental grounds in town of Thoothukudi in southern state of Tamil Nadu on Tuesday, May 24,...more

Charred vehicles are pictured near a government office, after at least 13 people were killed when police fired on protesters seeking closure of plant on environmental grounds in town of Thoothukudi in southern state of Tamil Nadu on Tuesday, May 24, 2018. REUTERS/Sudarshan Varadhan
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Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest, after at least 13 people were killed when police fired on protesters seeking closure of plant  on environmental grounds in town of Thoothukudi in southern state of Tamil Nadu, in Chennai, India, May 24, 2018. REUTERS/P.Ravikumar

Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest, after at least 13 people were killed when police fired on protesters seeking closure of plant on environmental grounds in town of Thoothukudi in southern state of Tamil Nadu, in Chennai, India, May 24,...more

Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest, after at least 13 people were killed when police fired on protesters seeking closure of plant on environmental grounds in town of Thoothukudi in southern state of Tamil Nadu, in Chennai, India, May 24, 2018. REUTERS/P.Ravikumar
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FILE PHOTO: A general view shows Sterlite Industries Ltd's copper plant, a unit of London-based Vedanta Resources, in Tuticorin, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu April 5, 2013.  REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo

FILE PHOTO: A general view shows Sterlite Industries Ltd's copper plant, a unit of London-based Vedanta Resources, in Tuticorin, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu April 5, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo

FILE PHOTO: A general view shows Sterlite Industries Ltd's copper plant, a unit of London-based Vedanta Resources, in Tuticorin, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu April 5, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo
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FILE PHOTO: A private security guard stands in front of the main gate of Sterlite Industries Ltd's copper plant, a unit of London-based Vedanta Resources, in Tuticorin, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu March 24, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo

FILE PHOTO: A private security guard stands in front of the main gate of Sterlite Industries Ltd's copper plant, a unit of London-based Vedanta Resources, in Tuticorin, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu March 24, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer/File...more

FILE PHOTO: A private security guard stands in front of the main gate of Sterlite Industries Ltd's copper plant, a unit of London-based Vedanta Resources, in Tuticorin, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu March 24, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo
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