A group of employees from the Zomato food delivery platform in Kolkata tore up and burned their official T-shirts on Saturday to protest the murder of 20 Indian soldiers by the Chinese army in Ladakh last week.
During the demonstration in Behala, some of them claimed that they had quit their jobs because Zomato has a large Chinese investment and urged people to stop ordering food through the company.
In 2018, Ant Financial, part of the large Chinese company Alibaba, had invested USD 210 million in Zomato for a 14.7% stake. The large food delivery company recently raised an additional $ 150 million from Ant Financial.
“Chinese companies are making a profit from here and attacking the army of our country. They are trying to take over our land. This cannot be allowed,” said one of the protesters.
Another protester said he was ready to starve but would not work in companies with investments from China.
In May, Zomato laid off 520 employees, or 13% of its workforce, in a huge downsizing exercise due to the new coronavirus pandemic.
There was no immediate reaction from Zomato and it is unclear whether the protesters were among those dismissed.
On June 15, 20 Indian soldiers, including a colonel, were killed in a violent clash with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh.