Massive forced evictions are happening across the country, esp in cities/towns where G20 events are being held. These meetings are happening in more than 50 cities in India. Wherever these meetings are being organised, city administrations in collusion with different departments – municipality, tourism, police etc. are evicting street vendors, waste pickers and traders, demolishing houses of urban poor, destroying night shelters, and displacing homeless people. And, this is being done in the name of removing “illegal encroachment” from urban spaces. In some cases, even the judiciary has not provided any relief to the affected communities. While it is happening in Delhi at a very large scale (Homeless people displaced, Demolition in Tughlakabad and Mehrauli, Demolition in Bela Estate at Yamuna, Destroyed Night shelters), the same happened in many other cities (Nagpur, Vizag, Pant Nagar, Ramnagar, Udhar Nagar, Guwahati, Mumbai, Mahabalipuram, Darjeeling) before G20 meetings. As more cities are going to host upcoming G20 meetings in the next three-four months, the urban poor face the threat of destruction of their houses and livelihood.
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