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Thursday, 20 September 2012 - 15:09
Nationwide strike in India against retail reform
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Shopkeepers, traders and labourers in India blocked railway lines and closed markets today to protest against reforms allowing in foreign retail giants such as Walmart and Tesco.

Opposition parties and trade unions called the strike after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last week announced a raft of reforms designed to revive India's slowing economy, a move that has sparked a furious backlash.

Thousands of policemen were deployed in Kolkata in West Bengal state to prevent violence as shops, markets and offices shut down for the 24-hour strike.

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