Following the massive support towards protecting their traditional ‘Jallikattu’ sport, many MSME and SME associations in TN and Puducherry had called for a ‘one-day’ bandh in favor of supporting the movement.
Commercial establishments, educational institutions, trucks and public transport were hit as traders, truckers and transport unions joined the protest against the ban on Jallikattu. Tamil Nadu Vanigar Sangam Perammaippu (TNVSP), the mother body of the trade union in Tamil Nadu announced that traders would down shutters to show their solidarity with Jallikattu protesters. He said all retail shops will remain shut. K. Mohan, General Secretary of the forum said that the traders also planned to carry out a protest tomorrow. Similarly, four lakh trucks in the state, as well as public transport in some parts were affected after several transport unions resolved to join the protest.
The Confederation of IT Association (Confed-ITA) announced that it will request the members to observe a day bandh announcing holiday for their entities to support the bandh. Many channel partner members across the two states directly participated in the peaceful protest to uphold the ban on Jallikattu. Some channel partners had allowed a two-day holiday for their organizations to help their employees participate in the protests. The channel partners also distributed food and water packets to all the students participating in the protests.
The mobile retailers association of Tamil Nadu, TAMRRA, has also announced that it will extend all forms of support for the protestors across Tamil Nadu.
ITTA-PDY to support Jallikattu, a group of 30 members from ITTA-PDY carry out rallies in support of Jallikattu & the procession from Anthoniayar Church – Cuddalore main road with a banner denoting “We support Jallikattu” and reached AFT (Anglo French Textile) ground where around twenty thousand people from different walks of life, students from colleges, schools have been sitting and protesting against the bandh on Jallikattu for the past three days. Besides, ITTA-PDY carried placards with messages supporting Jallikattu and raised slogans against the ban on the traditional bull taming event.
“When volunteers of various outfits demanding lifting of the ban on Jallikattu took out a procession through the main thoroughfares of the city, We ITTA-PDY have given more than 500 food packets, biscuits and waters to all protesters who were there against the ban on Jallikattu.” Said ITTA-PDY president.
Tech-Support from channels:
Many channel partners had expressed their solidarity through social media including Facebook and Twitter. The WhatsApp and mail groups of channel associations were flooded with messages supporting the WhatsApp. In Facebook, many partners, as individuals and as organizations made use of technology to help the protestors. Some channel partners offered power-bank for those who are out on street while some offered mobile chargers fit in vehicles.