Social and Climate Justice Caravan (Bulletin), 2009
From the text: India Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Watch, has created Joint Action Committees across India, led by those who will be most affected by corporate rise in the retail sector. In 2007, during two major mobilizations hundreds of thousands of peopled were joining protest marches against backdoor entry of retail demanding “Corporations to quit retail”. A year later FDI Watch coordinated a halla bol (speak up!) mobilization with major actions happening simultaneously in various parts of the country.
Delhi: Responding to the national call of India FDI Watch Campaign to take the fight to the doorsteps of supermarkets, hundreds of small shopkeepers and street vendors staged militant protest at the doorsteps of Reliance Fresh, Subhiksha and More in the Shakarpur area of Delhi. The protesters forced corporations to down their shutters and locked them. A ten-headed tall effigy was also burnt. Each head of the effigy was symbolizing corporations namely Wal-Mart, Tesco, Reliance Fresh, Big Bazaar, Subhiksha, More, Spencers, Big Apple, Metro and Carrefour.