Zomato employees burn company T-shirts to protest Chinese investment in firm

June 28, 2020: A group of Zomato food delivery employees in Kolkata tore and burnt their official T-shirts on Saturday to protest against the killing of 20 Indian soldiers by the Chinese Army

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June 28, 2020: A group of Zomato food delivery employees in Kolkata tore and burnt their official T-shirts on Saturday to protest against the killing of 20 Indian soldiers by the Chinese Army in Ladakh last week.

The protesters even claimed that they had quit the start up as it has investors from China.

Zomato is backed by Ant Financial, an affiliate of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding. In 2018, Ant Financial had invested $210 million in Zomato for a 14.7% stake. The food delivery major recently raised an additional $150 million from Ant Financial.

One of the protesters said that they were ready to starve but would not work in companies having investment from China.

"Chinese companies are making profit from here and attacking the Army of our country. They are trying to grab our land. This cannot be allowed," other protesters said.

During the protest at Behala, they also urged people to stop ordering food via Zomato.

Twenty Indian Army personnel, including a colonel, were killed in a fierce clash with the Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh on June 15. Since then, calls for boycotting of Chinese goods have been increasing in India.

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