The residents of the Golibar slum have been protesting the illegal acquisition of their land and the demolition of their homes in complete violation on their basic human rights by the government of Maharashtra. In the garb of 'redevelopment', the government and builders have conspired to acquire hundreds of acres of public land in Mumbai.
Shivalik Ventures, the builder in Golibar has criminal cases pending in the High Court, which the police is supposed to be investigating as per a High Court order. Instead it chose to demolish people's homes and on 19th and 20th of May 2011, for the 6th time in 6 months, they attacked the slum, injuring many residents. About 70 homes were demolished. 12 residents were taken into judicial custody.
This is not just the story of Golibar, but of slums across Mumbai. To protest this injustice, residents have gone on a hunger strike. Medha Patkar has joined them and on the 23rd of May, the hunger strike entered its 4th day.
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Here's a video of the demolition on 20th January 2011http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JncYN5yOS18