Monday, 23 January 2017

Food by boat: Fishermen, slum dwellers bring succour

CHENNAI: The ongoing protest on the Marina beach has not just brought the struggle for jallikattu to centre stage. It has also helped build a bond between the protesters and those living in the vicinity of the famous sandy stretch.

On Monday, as violence erupted, residents of a few slum colonies and fishermen brought food and water to those on the beach in boats, even defying a Coast Guard ban.

As the protest raged, these simple folk had brought food in huge quantities with those crying themselves hoarse on the beach. They even provided police personnel deployed on the beach with food.

"But when things turned ugly, the very men in khaki who we served food and water in person turned on us," said Singanna, a 36-year-old from the nearby slum colony of Ayodhyakuppam.

All through the week, some of the excess food was taken back to the fishing settlements and slum colonies and consumed.


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