As tensions escalate following violence that resulted in 80 injuries, a Hindu organization affiliated with India’s ruling party will march on Wednesday in support of a $900 million port project by the Adani Group that has been blocked by Christian demonstrators.
Catholic priest-led protesters from the fishing community have been blocking the site’s entrance with a temporary shelter for about four months at the project in Vizhinjam, Kerala state.
One of the protest leaders, Joy Jerald, told Reuters on Tuesday close to the shelter, “The protests will continue.”
According to the Adani Group, the port conforms with all legal requirements, and tests have shown that it has no impact on shoreline erosion. Any erosion, according to the state government, was brought on by natural factors.
Adani has met opposition before, most notably in Australia, where opponents of his Carmichael coal mine project in Queensland state organized a “Stop Adani” movement. There, environmentalists worried about carbon emissions and harm to the Great Barrier Reef compelled Adani to reduce its output goals and postpone the mine’s first shipment for years.