The Delhi police said that they had detained around 60 people for not taking prior permission for the protest, reported news agency PTI…reports Asian Lite News
Over a thousand Palestine supporters formed a human chain and took out a candlelight march at the heart of Bengaluru on Monday to express solidarity with the Palestinian people amid the war between Israel and Hamas.
Several civil society groups including Bahutva Karnataka and the People’s Union for Civil Liberties, which gathered near the MG Road metro station to form the human chain, condemned the “genocide” carried out by the Israeli forces. They had planned to gather at the Rangoli Metro Art Centre on MG Road to discuss the Israel-Palestine conflict and “debunk fake news spread by the mainstream media” about it. But the Cubbon Park police detained the activists from the boulevards of MG Road.
However, by 6 pm, hundreds of Palestine supporters gathered near the MG Road metro station and took out a candlelight march towards the Anil Kumble Circle. The police, who were outnumbered by the protesters, allowed the solidarity march.
Dozens detained in Delhi
Meanwhile, at least 60 people, including students, were detained in the Indian capital city of New Delhi for organising a pro-Palestinian demonstration demanding diplomatic support for Palestine and denouncing Israel’s actions in Gaza, on Monday.
The Delhi police said that they had detained around 60 people for not taking prior permission for the protest, reported news agency PTI. The demonstration was held by the CPI (ML)-backed All India Students Association (AISA) and other student organisations.
According to reports, the protesters, most of them students and teachers from Delhi University and Jawaharlal Nehru University, took to Jantar Mantar and started raising slogans ‘Justice for Palestine,’ and ‘Gaza we are with you.’
“We are holding a demonstration and demanding diplomatic support for Palestine and actions against Israel, for violating human rights,” said Hemant, one of the demonstrators.
Subsequently, the Delhi police rounded the protesters up in buses and took them to an undisclosed location. The AISA has since released a statement demanding their release.
The CPI (ML) General Secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya also visited the Palestine Embassy to express solidarity on behalf of the Indian people, in New Delhi, on Monday.