Yesterday we had seen the Kananga Ranaut protest and today we have one more against China.
For protesting against the killing of 20 Indian soldiers by the Chinese Army in Ladakh last week, a troop of Zomato app food delivery employees in Kolkata tore and burnt their T-shirts which was given to them by Zomato, on Saturday. The protesters also told that they had quit their job as it has investors of a Chinese company.
Zomato is backed by Ant Financial, an affiliate of Chinese e-commerce Alibaba Group Holding. In 2018, Ant Financial had invested $210 million in Zomato for a 14.7% stake of share. The food delivery major recently had one more company which claimed an additional $150 million from Ant Financial.
“Chinese companies are making a profit from here and attacking the Army of our India. They are trying to grab our land. This cannot be allowed,” one of the protesters said. During the protest at Behala, they asked people to stop ordering food from Zomato.
Another protester said they are ready to starve but would not work in companies that are having investment from Chinese companies.
In May, Zomato taken off 520 employees or 13% of its workforce, along with salary cut off for the rest of the employees for at least six months starting June, due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
There was no immediate reaction from Zomato as of know and whether these protesters were among those who are retrenched was not known. Zomato had about 4,000 employees, excluding contracted delivery workers or “riders”.
Twenty Indian Army personnel, including a colonel, were killed in a fierce clash with the Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh on June 15. Since then, calls for boycotting of Chinese goods have been increasing in India by many people all over the country but we relay on most of our things on china and this should be noted.
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