While in a huge retrenchment exercise amid COVID-19, Zomato had laid off 520 employees or 13 per cent of its workforce last month, many working with the food delivering platform in Kolkata are quitting jobs now to protest against the India-China face off. The incident comes at the heels of China’s killing of 20 Indian soldiers in Ladakh. Also Read - 'Passed in Secretive Manner': Canada Slams China For Hong Kong National Security Law
Zomato had reportedly raised 150 million from Ant Financial, a part of Chinese major Alibaba. While this investment was recent, Ant Financial had invested USD 210 million in Zomato in 2018, for a 14.7 per cent stake in the food delivery major. Also Read - Coronavirus: India Registers Highest-Ever Spike of 22,771; Inches Closer to 6.5 Lakh-Mark
Calling out China for making profits out of India while attacking its very soldiers, Zomato employees in Kolkata staged a protest at Behala on Saturday. From burning their official T-shirts to some even claiming to have quit their jobs as Zomato employees, the agitators urged people to stop ordering food via the company. Also Read - Vaccine by August 15: Covaxin Being Monitored by Top-Most Level of Government, ICMR Writes to Hospitals, Warns Them Against Laxity
Earlier, Kolkata protesters became the butt of all jokes on Twitter for carrying out anti-China rally with US map on poster. Once again giving enough content to netizens, Twitter saw itself flooded with memes after the news of the protest went viral.
Check out Twitter’s meme fest on the protest here:
It is yet to be confirmed whether the protesters were among those who were laid off in May. However, a protester told PTI that they would rather starve than work for Zomato or companies that have investment from China. Another shared, “Chinese companies are making profits from here and attacking the Army of our country. They are trying to grab our land. This cannot be allowed.”