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India: Copper smelter closed after 13 die in anti-pollution protests

19 10 7

THE power has been switched off to a large copper smelter in southern India after police shot and killed 13 people protesting against the pollution generated by the plant.

Police used live ammunition to disperse protesters in Tuticorin city in Tamil Nadu state this week, provoking international outrage and demands for an immediate investigation.

The protests were the culmination of months of concern the copper smelting plant, owned by British mining giant Vedanta Resources, was polluting the water and air in the city. The owners deny this claim and have been seeking to renew the license of the temporarily non-operational plant with hopes to double its production capacity.

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