09 Aug '17, 2pm

Huge protest rally disrupts traffic in #India's financial capital of #Mumbai

MUMBAI (Reuters) - At least half a million protesters brought Mumbai, India's financial capital, to a standstill on Wednesday (Aug 9) as they pressed their demands for reserved quotas in government jobs and college places amid a slumping rural economy. Organisers put the number of protesters at more than two million and said it was the largest rally ever staged in the city of 20 million. Indian media estimated the number of people at the rally between 600,000 and about one million. Rising unemployment and falling farm incomes are driving farming communities across India, from the state of Haryana in the north to Gujarat in the west, to redouble their calls for reservations in jobs and education. "Farming is no longer profitable and jobs are not available," said one protester, Pradip Munde, a farmer from Osmanabad, a town more than 400 km (250 miles) southeast of Mumbai. Ge...

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