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March in Mumbai in support of national strike against price rise, reforms

Published on Feb 18, 2013 4:57 PM
 A worker unloads steel bars from a trolley at an iron and steel factory on the outskirts of Jammu on Feb 1, 2013. A two-day nationwide strike from Wednesday is expected to ground to halt India's banking sector as well as factories, mines, ports and airports. --PHOTO: REUTERS

By Krittivas Mukherjee, India Correspondent

NEW DELHI - Tens of thousands of Indians prepared to march in Mumbai on Monday in support of a two-day nationwide strike by top workers' unions later this week against high prices and government policies to further open up India's market.

The protest organisers said they expected at least 200,000 people to participate in the march that would wind through southern parts of the city, the hub of much of India's financial activities.Already about 50,000 people had gathered, disrupting traffic, police said.

"This is a show of strength by us who oppose the government's anti-people policies and a show of support for the strike," Uday Bhat, president of Sarva Shramik Mahasangh, one of the workers' unions organising Monday's protest, told The Straits Times.

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